R. Kyle Alagood

Gadfly. Writer. Activist. Transparency Advocate. Proud Former Food Stamp & Medicaid Kid. Believer in Barbara Jordan's America. TBD.


Who’s Kyle?

KyleAlagood-1252I am a political communication professional, policy wonk, civil rights activist, lawyer, transparency expert, and former professor working on Capitol Hill. Trained as a writer, social scientist, and researcher, I believe adaptation and innovation are necessary to the pursuit of justice and democratic ideals. With a sharp pen and sharper wit, I attempt to cut deeply through institutional facades to reveal something like the truth. Ideologues and demagogues beware. I have been called a social gadfly, but I am as steady with the scalpel as I am relentless with the hammer. Because I am willing to suffer the discomforts of change as I pursue a better tomorrow, who I have been may not be who I am or who I will become. In the end, it’s all subjective; but my CV may jump-start your evaluation.

For booking or appearances, contact kyle@rkylealagood.com.


R. Kyle Alagood

Curriculum Vitae


Office of a Democratic Member of Congress
Washington, District of Columbia
Communications Director, September 2017 – present

        • Built the Member’s public profile by coordinating with legislative team to develop targeted branding for all public-facing communications.
        • Wrote floor speeches, press statements, and news releases, resulting in coverage by local and national publications, such as The New York Times and Star-Ledger (N.J.).

Louisiana Parole Project
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Pro Bono Attorney, May 2017 – present

        • Represented indigent incarcerated felons sentenced as juveniles to mandatory life without parole and made eligible for release hearings by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Miller and Montgomery
        • Developed the Louisiana Parole Project’s form pleadings for Miller-Montgomery parole hearings.
        • Interviewed clients at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (a.k.a. “Angola Prison”), talked to family members about reentry plans, and worked with post-release experts to craft parole release pleadings for clients.

Gannon Universtiy
Erie, Pennsylvania
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
, August 2016 – August 2017

        • Utilized social justice research to create undergraduate courses on U.S. government and politics, the U.S. presidency, civil liberties, and public policy.
        • Represented students pro bono in misdemeanor criminal cases.

Freelance Researcher
Principal, January 2012 – Present

        • Wrote for, edited, and provided investigative legal, historical, and political research to Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of Government Secrecy, a non-fiction book by Frederick A. O. Schwarz, Jr., former Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities (the “Church Committee”).
        • Provided historical research and documentation to former West Wing writer Debora Cahn for The Special Program, her award-winning screenplay about a young attorney’s struggle with Dick Cheney’s vice presidential administration to end illegal spying and torture.
        • Investigated contemporaneous and retrospective statements on the 1983 terrorist attacks in Beirut against U.S. Marines for Barton Gellman, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.

NYC Quadrennial Advisory Commission
for the Review of Compensation Levels of Elected Officials
New York, New York
Director of Research, September 2015 – December 2015

        • Developed data-driven methodology and conducted research for commissioners appointed to study compensation levels of New York City’s mayor, city council, public advocate, comptroller, borough presidents, and five district attorneys.
        • Managed research initiatives, including tasking city agencies with specific research queries.
        • Worked directly with commissioners to engage the public through the Internet, resulting in the most transparent Quadrennial Advisory Commission study ever.

LSU Law Center Parole & Reentry Clinic                                                            
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Student Attorney (Rule XX)
August 2014 – December 2014

        • Successfully advocated before the Louisiana Board of Pardons, Committee on Parole, for three indigent incarcerated clients’ early release from state prison.
        • Holistically managed clients’ parole cases by helping plan for reentry, writing briefs for the parole committee, and arguing for clients’ release, with minimal supervision.

Seventh Judicial District of Louisiana, District Court
Vidalia, Louisiana
Legal Intern to the Honorable Kathy A. Johnson
June 2014 – July 2014

        • Assisted district court judge in all aspects of civil and criminal proceedings, including drafting orders, writing legal memoranda on state constitutional issues, and coordinating with prosecutors and defense attorneys preparing for trial.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Legal Extern to the Honorable Jane Triche-Milazzo
September – October 2013

        • Drafted chambers memoranda regarding 12(b)(6) motions in cases involving state and federal claims, including intentional and negligent fraud, copyright and trademark infringement, and prescription.

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
New York, New York
Research Consultant to the Chief Counsel, various dates 2012 – 2014
Legal Intern for Special Projects, May 2013 – July 2013
Legal Intern to the Chief Counsel, December 2012 – January 2013
Research Associate, Liberty and National Security Program, April 2010 – August 2012

        • Conducted legal and political analysis of civil rights, national security, and government transparency topics for policy reports, non-fiction books, opinion editorials, and congressional testimony.
        • Increased public awareness for the Liberty and National Security Program as organizer for public events including a convening on law enforcement’s intelligence gathering, featuring then-Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan, and a lecture on the Department of Homeland Security’s post-9/11 terrorism prevention strategy by then-Secretary Janet Napolitano.
        • Contributed to research regarding federal civil rights and land use case on behalf of the Al Falah Center, a proposed mosque in New Jersey.
        • Expanded reach of the Liberty and National Security Program’s advocacy in the New York City Council, U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate by developing relationships with and messages targeting public officials and their staff.

Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition
New York, New York
Working Group Member, April 2010 – August 2012

        • Worked with Muslim community leaders and organizations to initiate effective communication with the New York City Police Department.


LSU Journal of Energy Law & Resources
Senior Associate, 2014 – 2015
Junior Associate, 2013 – 2014

        • Supervised second-year law students’ legal research; copy edited articles accepted for publication both in print and online; worked with editors to increase the journal’s quality and audience size.

Journal of Management & Sustainability
Editorial Board Member, 2014 – 2016

        • Peer reviewed and screened articles submitted for publication in a double blind, peer reviewed academic journal focusing on research in environmentalism, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, and related areas of law and policy.


Louisiana State University Law Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Juris Doctor & Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law, May 2015

        • C. E. Laborde, Jr. Memorial Scholar
        • Highest Grade in National Security Law (Fall 2014) and Constitutional Law II (Spring 2015)
        • Chancellor’s Scholar, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 (top 25 percent of all full-time students)

University College London
London, England
Master of Science, November 2009
Program:     Democracy and Democratisation

        • Dissertation: Media Framing and Bias During Gay Marriage Debates in Three U.S. States: A Content Analysis

Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bachelor of Arts, December 2007
Majors:        Mass Communication, concentration in political communication; International Studies, concentration on Africa and the Middle East

        • Organized public education forum attended by more than two hundred students; panelists, including a Catholic priest, geneticist, and social work professor, discussed homosexuality in modern America.
        • Studied abroad at the American University in Cairo.


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 2017).

R. Kyle Alagood, Black as Less Than Person: Case Studies on Race, Law & Medical Science in the United States, Freedom Ctr. J. (forthcoming 2017).

R. Kyle Alagood, The Mythology of Mitigation Banking, 46 Envt’l L. Rep. 10200 (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, United States v. Nixon, in The Book of Digests: A Supplement and Study Guide (Paul R. Baier ed., 2013).

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.

R. Kyle Alagood, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: An Expensive Closet, Students for Reform, Oct. 23, 2006, at 1, available at http://www.rkylealagood.com/sexuality-in-the-service/.


N.Y.C. Quadrennial Advisory Commission, Final Report (2015) (“Part D: Data and Analysis” and throughout the report), available at http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/quadrennial/downloads/pdf/2015-Quadrennial-Commission-Report.pdf.

Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr., Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of Government Secrecy (2015) (detailing the evolution of government secrecy in America).

Domestic Intelligence: Our Rights and Safety (Faiza Patel ed., 2013) (collecting essays on domestic intelligence from public officials, scholars, and advocates).

Michael Price, National Security and Local Police (2013) (detailing local law enforcement intelligence gathering and oversight in the nation’s largest police departments).

Faiza Patel & Andrew Sullivan, A Proposal for an NYPD Inspector General (2012) (overviewing police oversight in New York City).

Faiza Patel, Rethinking Radicalization (2011) (describing flaws in law enforcement’s response to terrorism).

Emily Berman, Domestic Intelligence: New Powers, New Risks (2011) (examining legal implications of the FBI’s powers).

Elizabeth Goitein & David M. Shapiro, Curbing Needless Secrecy (2011) (proposing guidelines for preventing overclassification in federal agencies).