Dr. Jeffrey Key


Dr. Jeff Key, professor of political science and head of the HSU Political Science Department, is an expert on the politics of South Asia and has conducted research in the region for over two decades. His most recent work focuses on the Maoist movement in Nepal.

Key has lectured at prominent institutions, including Chatham House in London, and the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, DC. He has presented papers at international conferences from Toronto, Canada, to Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Key has also participated in briefings and policy sessions on Nepal at the United States Department of State. He has published works in journals as diverse as Asian Affairs, German Life, and Practicing Texas Politics.

He came to Hardin-Simmons in 2006 after 16 years on the faculty of the Department of Government and International Affairs at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. His wife of 30 years, Kerri, is a special education teacher at Jim Ned High School in Tuscola. Their son Tom is a graduate of Lynchburg College in Virginia, and their son John is a student at Texas Tech University.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Arts, Government, University of Texas at Austin, 1981
  • Master of Arts, Political Science, Baylor University, 1982
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Government, University of Texas at Austin, 1990
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
  • Colleges of Distinction
  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network