R. Kyle Alagood, J.D., M.S., is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Gannon University, where his teaching focuses on U.S. government, the presidency, policy, and civil rights. Kyle has a Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science degree in Democracy and Democratisation from University College London (U.K.), and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and International Studies from Louisiana State University.

Before joining Gannon, Kyle was a research consultant focusing on law, policy, government operations, civil rights, law enforcement oversight, and government transparency.

In 2015, Kyle served as Director of Research for New York City’s Quadrennial Advisory Commission on elected officials’ compensation, developing the commission’s methodology and conducting extensive research on municipal salaries in the United States. From 2010 through 2015, he served in various capacities as a researcher for the Liberty and National Security Program and Chief Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, one of the country’s premier civil rights organizations. Kyle was lead researcher for Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of Government Secrecy (The New Press, 2015), a book on the evolution of government secrecy in the United States, written by Frederick A. O. Schwarz, Jr.

Kyle is author of more than a dozen scholarly and opinion articles on matters of law, policy, national security, and civil rights in the United States. His commentary has appeared in Huffington Post, The National Law Journal, Advocate, and Gannett newspapers across the country. His scholarly works, which can be found on the Social Science Research Network, have been published by the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, Environmental Law Reporter, Freedom Center Journal (U. of Cincinnati), and the Journal on Gender, Race and Justice (Thurgood Marshall School of Law). All commentary and views are, of course, Kyle’s own.


R. Kyle Alagood, Opening the Schoolhouse Door to the AIDS Virus: Policy-Making, Politics, and Personality in a Queens County Courtroom, 1985-86, 19 U. PA. J. L. & SOC. CHANGE (forthcoming 2016).

R. Kyle Alagood, The Mythology of Mitigation Banking, 46 ENVT'L LAW REP. 10200 (2016).

R. Kyle Alagood, Black as Less Than Person: Case Studies on Race, Law & Medical Science in the United States, FREEDOM CTR. J. (forthcoming 2016).

R. Kyle Alagood, Op-Ed., Eliminate This Useless Tax, Period, SHREVEPORT TIMES, Oct. 28, 2015, http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/opinion/2015/10/28/eliminate-useless-tax-period/74736628/.

R. Kyle Alagood, Op-Ed., The Dire State of Louisiana LGBTs, ADVOCATE, May 6, 2015, http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2015/05/06/op-ed-dire-state-louisiana-lgbts.

R. Kyle Alagood, Op-Ed., LSU’s Possible ‘Bankruptcy’: The Bell Tolls for Louisiana Higher Education, HUFFINGTON POST, Apr. 27, 2015, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/r-kyle-alagood/lsus-possible-bankruptcy-_b_7149140.html.

R. Kyle Alagood, Parole Release Hearings: The Fallacy of Discretion, 5 T. MARSHALL L.J. GENDER, RACE & JUST. (2015) (overviewing parole release hearings and proposing reforms for uniformity).

  •  “[A] notable and timely new paper,” according to Professor Douglas A. Berman, Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University.

R. Kyle Alagood, Settlement Confidentiality: A “Fracking” Disaster for Public Health and Safety, ENVT’L L. REP. (forthcoming 2015) (discussing how secrecy in civil settlement agreements affects the public interest).

  • Excerpted in Colorado Common Law, http://cocommonlaw.com/2014/10/article-settlement-confidentiality-a-fracking-disaster-for-public-health-and-safety/.

R. Kyle Alagood & Andrew Hairston, Op-Ed., Breaking the Code of Silence on Race in Law School, HUFFINGTON POST, Oct. 23, 2014, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/r-kyle-alagood/breaking-the-code-of-sile_1_b_6035224.html.

R. Kyle Alagood, Rule 76a: Could Texas Courts Solve the Secrecy-Science Dilemma in Fracking Disputes?, LSU J. ENERGY L. & RES. CURRENTS (Sept. 10, 2014), http://sites.law.lsu.edu/jelrblog/?p=476.

R. Kyle Alagood, Op-Ed., Does ‘Tranny’ Matter to a Slave, HUFFINGTON POST, June 10, 2014, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/r-kyle-alagood/does-tranny-matter-to-a-slave_b_5462657.html.

R. Kyle Alagood, Op-Ed., Tea Party Rep. John Fleming Flip-Flopped on Abortion—And No One Noticed, HUFFINGTON POST, Mar. 28, 2014, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/r-kyle-alagood/john-fleming-flip-flopped-on-abortion_b_5051446.html.

R. Kyle Alagood, Op-Ed., La.’s Culture at Stake in Anti-Abortion Bill, Shreveport Times, Mar. 27, 2014, http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20140327/OPINION0106/303270002/La-s-culture-stake-anti-abortion-bill.

R. Kyle Alagood, Op-Ed., What It’s Like to be Gay in the State of Duck Dynasty (Hint: It’s Very, Very Bad), HUFFINGTON POST, Dec. 28, 2013, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/r-kyle-alagood/what-its-like-to-be-gay-i_b_4510918.html.

R. Kyle Alagood, Op-Ed., Manning and Snowden: Wakeup Call on Overclassification, Nat’l L.J., July 10, 2013, http://at.law.com/vbjnNo.

R. Kyle Alagood, Op-Ed., America a New National Security State, SHREVEPORT TIMES, June 23, 2013, at C2.

R. Kyle Alagood, Op-Ed., As House Hears Testimony on National Security Leaks, Time is Ripe to Examine Impact of Wikileaks, HUFFINGTON POST, July 12, 2012, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/r-kyle-alagood/as-house-hears-testimony-_b_1672250.html.

Gannon University Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK)

Gannon University Begins Construction on Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge. Learn more about I-HACK.