Thomas Sutton headshot

Director, Community Research Institute
Ph.D., Kent State University

Thomas Sutton

Thomas Sutton headshotProfessor of Political Science
Director, Community Research Institute
Burton D. Morgan Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies

Ph.D., Political Science/Public Policy, Kent State University
B.A., Political and Social Thought, University of Virginia


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Dr. Thomas Sutton directs the Community Research Institute (CRI), which engages students in applied research with local and regional nonprofit and government agencies. He coordinates the public & nonprofit management major/minor and the Africana studies minor. He also develops and coordinates innovation and entrepreneurship programs for the Center for Innovation and Growth (CIG).

Sutton serves as independent political analyst for WEWS Channel 5, providing periodic analysis of local and national political developments and events. 

Sutton also has 13 years of prior experience in nonprofit management, including work in civic education, services for homeless persons, and programming for juvenile offenders and at-risk youth.

Teaching Excellence

Fulbright Scholar (2014), teaching at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and conducting research on election systems in Ghana.

Exemplary Teaching Award, United Methodist Church (2013)

Faculty Excellence Award, Baldwin Wallace University Student Senate (2016, 2012, 2009, 2004)

Organization Memberships

American Association of Public Opinion Research
American Political Science Association (APSA)
Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO)