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Call for Papers


Call for Papers
48th Annual Meeting of the

National Conference of Black Political Scientists
March 15-18, 2017
San Diego, CA 

Crowne Plaza
2270 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, California  92108 

Deadline for Paper and Panel Proposals is October 1, 2016

Click Below to Submit Proposals

Conference Co-Chairs

Dr. Christina Greer ( and Dr. Ravi Perry (


Black Politics at an Intersection: Challenging Persistent Inequities


Please join us March 15-18, 2017, as the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) will host its 48th Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. The conference theme, Black Politics at an Intersection: Challenging Persistent Inequities, explores the inter- and intra-sections of movements, methodologies, demographics, and strategies within 21st century Black politics.   Blackness has always been a contested political reality.  For centuries, the state has long curtailed Black access to make justice a reality.   In the last century, political candidates often sought to use Blacks’ nascent political opportunities – from voting to elected office and issue campaigns – for personal political expediency with limited tangible benefits for Black communities.  More recently, prominent voices within Black political struggles have even implicated a narrow vision of Black politics – a view too often laced in one-dimensional understandings of protest and identity formation.  Throughout each of these intersections, despite progress, persistent inequalities and dogged inequities have remained. Powerful voices within Black grassroots spaces of political engagement have argued a different narrative.  These voices and their allies have served to engage a theory of Blackness and Black politics, centered on the multiplicity of strategies, visions, and activisms available to realize Black inclusion in politics.  

We encourage proposals that assess the heterogeneity within and external to Blackness and scholarship that recognizes Blackness as both a political and ascriptive identity.  We also encourage posters, papers and panels that give further insight into diasporic racial politics and international struggles and triumphs of Black movements internationally.  San Diego, California, a border town, is an ideal conference location that will assist conference attendees in broadening analyses of the role and place of Black identity and the inequitable outcomes that persist in Black communities across the United States. The geographic intersections of border politics and global Blackness contribute to the dialogue of Black Politics at an Intersection that extends beyond the boundaries of the U.S. polity.

Please note, paper and panel proposals due October 1st, acceptances mailed by November 1st, and participation contingent on your registration by December 15th.








I.African and Diaspora Politics


Dr. Kurt Young

Clark Atlanta University

Dr. Maziki Thame

University of West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

II.Politics, Inequality, and Social Justice

Dr. Natasha Christie
University of NorthFlorida


III.Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Transnational Politics


Dr. Michael Clemons
Old Dominion University



IV.Identity Politics: Gender, Class, Ethnicity, Sexuality, and Religion


Dr. Tonya Williams
Johnson C. Smith University

Dr. James Taylor
University of San Francisco


V.Teaching, Scholarly Research, and Professional Development


Dr. Boris Ricks
California State University, Northridge

Dr. Christopher Whitt
Augustana College


VI.Undergraduate Research



Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean

Quinnipiac University




VII.Political Theory, Philosophy, and Methodology



Dr. Niambi Carter
Howard University


Dr. Cory Gooding
University of San Diego


VIII.Political Institutions and Public Policy



Dr. Angela Lewis
University of


Dr. Emmitt Riley
Depauw University

IX.Politics and Popular Culture

Dr. Lakeyta Bonnette
Georgia State University

Dr. H. Lavar Pope
Ohio University


X.Public Opinion and Political Participation



Dr. Ray Block
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse


Dr. Maruice Mangum
North Carolina A&T University



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