Meet the President, 2015 - 2017
Todd Shaw, Ph.D.
Ph.D.: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Todd Shaw is the College of Arts & Science Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina (USC), Columbia. He is been on faculty there since 2003. In July of 2015, he will complete a term serving as Interim Director of the USC African American Studies Program. He broadly researches and teaches in the areas of African American politics, urban politics and public policy, as well as citizen activism and social movements.
His current research agenda is to explore the political, sociological, and ideological ramifications of changes in the post-Civil Rights Movement African American community. Specifically he is very interested in how class, gender, age and other social factors create differing definitions of what constitutes African American group interests and how groups of African Americans and their allies have acted upon these perceived interests.
Toward these ends, he has a 2009 book from Duke University Press, Now Is the Time! Detroit Black Politics and Grassroots Activism. In it, he explores the dynamics between black grassroots housing activism and the responsiveness of black elected officials in Detroit, MI and other sister cities and devises what he calls the EBAM --- the Effective Black Activism Model, which argues to be effective activism and protest must be the right tool, at the right time, and in the right place. It received the 2010 W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award from NCOBPS. He is the lead author of the 2015 course text, Uneven Roads: Introduction to U.S. Racial and Ethnic Politics as joined by Louis DeSipio, Dianne Pinderhughes, and Toni-Michelle Travis and published by CQ Press.
Among other scholarly journals, Shaw has published in the Journal of Politics, the National Political Science Review, and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Scoial Science, and the Journal of African American Studies.
He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of an National Science Foundation-funded EAGER pilot research award that employed student researchers from Spelman College and Morehouse College. He is joined by the fellow faculty researchers of: Dr. Kirk Foster in Social Work at USC; Dr. Barbara Combs in Sociology and Southern Studies at University of Mississippi; Dr. Desiree Pedescleaux, Spelman College's Dean of Undergraduate Studies who is also in Political Science ; and Dr. Michael Hodge, Morehouse College's Associate Provost for Research who is also in Sociology. This project asks whether African American group identity is becoming distant from neighborhood attachments and what would such a development mean relative to investments in social capital and local political participation in the city of Atlanta and elsewhere.