Joseph Bagley’s research area is the study of civil and voting rights litigation and the role of law in shaping 20th and 21st century political transformations. His book, “The Politics of White Rights: Race, Justice, and Integrating Alabama’s Schools” was published in 2018 by the University of Georgia Press in the Politics and Culture of the Twentieth Century South series. He has been certified as an expert witness in federal court, testified and submitted reports for the court in multiple voting rights cases, including People First of Alabama v. Merrill (491 F. Supp. 3d 1076, N.D. Ala. 2020), Milligan v. Merrill (Jan. 24, 2022, N.D. Ala.), and South Carolina NAACP v. Alexander (D.S.C. 2022). Dr. Bagley’s work has been cited in the Case Western Law Review, the Journal of Urban History, Rural Sociology, the Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, and by Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah Jones in the New York Times Magazine. His current projects include a grant proposal for a Public Humanities Discussions series focused on the rights of citizenship in greater Atlanta and a book manuscript examining the politics of voting rights litigation in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.