Ken Mott was born and raised in Albany, New York. He graduated in 1961 from Franklin & Marshall College, received an M.A. in Political Science from Lehigh University in 1962, and a PhD from Brown University in the same field in 1967. He has spent his entire professional career at Gettysburg College where he is Professor and former Chair of the Political Science Department. His principal academic interests are public policy, electoral politics, constitutional law, and civil rights and liberties.
Along the way, Ken has engaged in a number of disparate activities such as serving as a co-director of three Peace Corps projects for Tunisia, campaign manager for four successful local political races, advisor to both campus Republican and Democratic student organizations, college pre-law advisor, author of two books and numerous articles, faculty parliamentarian, president of a national Lyme Disease non-profit corporation, and other assignments too numerous to mention. His wife, Lovette is an attorney and current seminary student, and he is the proud father of four wonderful children.