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Founders Student Symposium

The 48th Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS)

Black Politics at an Intersection: Challenging Persistent Inequities

Friday, March 15-18, 2017

San Diego, California

The NCOBPS Graduate Student Symposium in Memory of Dr. Savannah Carroll

Application Deadline: Thursday, December 01, 2016

Below is the call for applications for the student symposium.  Please consider submitting an application or encourage others to apply.  The deadline is December 1.  Please contact Najja K. Baptist, if you have further questions.

Mission Statement

In honor and recognition of distinguished NCOBPS scholars who have greatly contributed to political science and whose mentorship and legacy demonstrate our mission to "promote the political aspirations of people of African descent in the United States and throughout the world," this lecture series will provide a forum for scholarly exchange between junior scholars, researchers, community activists, and esteemed scholars in Black politics.

This student symposium is intended to encourage a scholarly showcase of graduate students in NCOBPS in recognition of established senior and emeriti scholars relating to the legacy of NCOBPS. It provides students with a unique opportunity to get useful feedback from established and emergent scholars and the general audience in a supportive environment, as they share their research interests and perspectives on Black politics and the future of the discipline.  Select students will be given the opportunity to reflect and present on various topics and themes relevant to ongoing scholarly work or community engagement during the annual NCOBPS meeting.

The 2017 NCOBPS Graduate Student Symposium in Memory of Dr. Savannah Carroll is organized by the Symposium’s selection committee to bring exemplary graduate students and conference attendees together in a roundtable format to share and discuss their community service and research interests. The NCOBPS Graduate Student Symposium in Memory of Dr. Savannah Carroll topic addresses the following questions:

1) What is advanced marginalization?  In contemporary discussions of Blackness, what topics are traditionally left out of the conversation?  How could the Black community benefit from the inclusion of these topics?  How has the exclusion of these subsidiaries hurt the advancement of the Black agenda?

2) How does your research address the advanced marginalization of your particular issue? Why is it not typically discussed? What are some ways the Black community can include this marginalized topic in broader conversations?  In what ways is your research applicable throughout the African Diaspora? What is its relevance to Latin America? What role does scholarship and activism play in bringing more awareness to this issue throughout the Diaspora?

Additionally, panelists can share their personal and scholarly insight with NCOBPS, at large.  Recipients will receive a special certificate, monetary award, and names will be added to the NCOBPS archival record.  Interested applicants should forward their CV/resume and a one- to two-page application letter explaining how their academic background and research interests qualify them for the NCOBPS Graduate Student Symposium in Memory of Dr. Savannah Carroll award to Najja Baptist at by Thursday, December 1, 2016.  No late applications will be accepted.



2014 Symposium

Selected Graduate Panelists:


2013 Symposium

Selected Graduate Panelists:

Andrea Slater - University of California, Los Angeles

David B. Green, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

John Thomas III - University of Chicago 

2012 Symposium

Selected Graduate Panelists:

Brittany Lewis, University of Minnesota

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau, University of Chicago

Brennen Robinson, University of Delaware

2011 Symposium in honor of Dr. Melanie Njeri Jackson, Dr. Ronald Walters, Dr. Jeffrey M. Elliot

Selected Graduate Panelists:


Jaira Harrington, University of Chicago

Cherly Harris, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Oumar Ba, Ohio Universty

2010 Symposium in honor of Dr. Twiley Barker & Dr. Linda Faye Williams:

Selected Graduate Panelists:


Savannah Carroll, University of Massachusetts

Bryce Dixon, Brooklyn College, CUNY                                                                

Ashley Reid, University of Michigan 

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