Gibbs Knotts

Gibbs Knotts

Gibbs Knotts is dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of Charleston. He joined the Department of Political Science as department chair in 2012 and served in this role from 2012 to 2019. Knotts teaches undergraduate courses in American politics and graduate courses in the public administration program. He has published works on political participation, southern politics, public administration, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Articles have appeared in outlets including the Journal of Politics, Public Administration Review, Political Research Quarterly, the American Review of Public Administration, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Southern Cultures, Southeastern Geographer and Social Forces. His most recent book, First in the South: Why South Carolina’s Presidential Primary Matters (University of South Carolina Press, 2020), was co-written with Dr. Jordan Ragusa. Knotts received the College of Charleston’s Distinguished Research Award in 2017.


Yes, debates do help voters decide — and candidates are increasingly reluctant to participate

By: and - July 1, 2023

Former President Donald Trump’s threat to skip the first Republican presidential debate, scheduled for Aug. 23, may be a sign that candidate debates will be the next casualty in the highly polarized political environment in the United States. For Trump, the leading contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, refusing to participate in a debate is nothing […]