National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS)


In April 1969, approximately thirty-five black political scientists gathered at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to discuss the problems faced by persons teaching political science at historically black colleges and universities. The group reconvened in September of that year at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in New York in September of that year. It was the consensus of this now broader group that the problems facing black political scientists, independent of their geographical location or institution, were sufficiently similar to warrant establishment of a national organization. Consequently, the persons present at this September 1969 meeting voted to establish themselves as the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS). The organization's first Annual Meeting was held at Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA in May 1970.


The National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) is organized to study, enhance, and promote the political aspirations of people of African descent in the United States and throughout the world. It aims to contribute to the resolution of the many challenges that black people confront. Our organization promotes research in and critical analysis of topics usually overlooked and/or marginalized in political science scholarship. We believe that our scholarship must address wide-ranging "real world” issues and not the narrow, and often manufactured, concerns of the discipline.


NCOBPS has over 400 active members representing colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, government relations and political campaign firms, and local, national, and state public sector agencies. Our collective membership teaches an estimated 1,000 undergraduate and graduate courses per year, with an average class size of 20 students, which amounts to contact with about 20,000 students. 

NCOPBS also has a long tradition of identifying, mentoring, and supporting students interested in political science, including areas of political communication, public policy and administration, public affairs, comparative politics, and international relations. We offer scholarships, fellowships, and research awards to undergraduate and graduate students, and provide many activities for students to network and collaborate with faculty and practitioners of political science.

(Due to COVID-19, this will be a virtual conference) 

National Conference of Black Political Scientists

Call for Papers

52nd Annual Conference, March 10-13, 2021 

“Black Politics and Black People as the Conscience of Nations”

Conference Co-Chairs:

Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,

Ollie Johnson, Wayne State University,

Donn Worgs, Towson University,

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021. The CBC has been deemed the “Conscience of Congress” in recognition of its broader commitment to racial and economic justice for African Americans, Africa, and the Diaspora. In light of the CBC’s 50th anniversary, the National Conference of Black Political Science (NCOBPS) seeks papers, panels, and roundtables that examine how Black people in the United States and the African Diaspora are often viewed as the “Conscience” of their nation-states and the moral authority in social movements and institutional politics. This includes Black voters and candidates, as well as Black women who are often the moral compass that shapes the direction of Black politics and the nation-states.  The Black Lives Matter-inspired protests in the Summer 2020 further exemplify the transformative impact of Black political agency.  Even in Latin America Black women are leading constituents in elections and social movements, such as in Brazil, where they have been critical in shaping presidential and state elections. The conference theme—“Black Politics and Black People as the Conscience of Nations”—examines the multi-layered ways in which Black Politics, both domestic and abroad, continue to serve as moral anchors for advancing liberation, justice, and ameliorative policies. Accordingly, scholars are invited to submit papers, panels, and roundtables drawing from a range of methodological approaches that explore the “Conscience” of Black Politics, including the CBC and other legislative caucuses, social movements, the 2020 elections, Africa and the Diaspora, and public policies. We especially encourage graduate and undergraduate students to submit proposals.    


Section I. African & Diaspora Politics

Robin Turner,

Takiya Harper-Shipman,

Section II. Politics, Inequality, & Social Justice

Nyron Crawford,

Albert Samuels,

Section III. Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Transnational Relations

Mai Hasan, University of Michigan,

Adryan Wallace,

Section IV. Identity Politics: Gender, Class, Ethnicity, LGBTQ+, Sexuality, Religion & Queer Politics

Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey,

Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs,

Section V. Teaching & Professional Development

KC Morrison,

Section VI. Undergraduate Research

Teri Platt,

Section VII. Political Theory & Political Philosophy

Justin Rose,

Charisse Burden-Stelly,

Section VIII. Public Policy & Political Institutions

K. Juree Capers,

Natasha Christie,

Section IX. Public Opinion & Political Participation

Brianna Mack,

Davin Phoenix, UC-Irvine,

Section X. Afro-Latino Politics

Fernando Tomas,

Danielle Clealand,



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