Robert D. Loevy was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 26, 1935. At the age of five he moved with his family to Baltimore, Maryland, where he spent his early youth.
Loevy received his A.B. degree from Williams College in 1957 and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1963. While at Johns Hopkins he conducted research and wrote position papers for the House of Representatives Republican Policy Committee.
During the 1963-1964 academic year, Loevy served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of United States Senator Thomas H. Kuchel of California, the Republican floor manager in the Senate for the civil rights bill that later became the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After his fellowship ended, Loevy spent a second year working for Senator Kuchel as the legislation that became the Voting Rights Act of 1965 moved through the Senate.
In 1968 Loevy joined the faculty at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he currently serves as professor of political science. His major research interests are minority rights and electoral politics in the United States.
Loevy is the author of To End All Segregation: The Politics of the Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He also is the author of The Flawed Path to the Presidency 1992: Unfairness and Inequality in the Presidential Selection Process and The Flawed Path to the Governorship 1994: The Nationalization of a Colorado Statewide Election. He is the coauthor of Colorado Politics and Government: Governing the Centennial State and American Government: We Are One.