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Johnson leads Black Poli-Sci Conference

This spring, Associate Professor of Political Science Cedric Johnson will co-chair the program for the 41st Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), which will be held in Atlanta from March 18 to 20,

Along with Rutgers University professor Nikol Alexander-Floyd, Johnson shared responsibility for planning this year’s conference program, which includes 43 panels and 120 individual presentations.   

The conference will also be highlighted by a number of special events including, a public screening of the award-winning documentary film, “Slap the Donkey,” and lectures by long-time New Orleans-based activist Malcolm Suber and Dr. Millery Polyne, New York University professor and author of “From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti and Pan-Americanism, 1870-1964″(University of Florida Press, forthcoming May 2010).

Established in 1969, NCOBPS is the leading organization of black political scientists in the country.  The organization promotes research in and critical analysis of topics usually overlooked and/or marginalized in political science scholarship.  The majority of NCOBPS members are faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but the organization also includes a sizeable number of graduate students, elected politicians, and policy analysts among its ranks.  NCOBPS is committed both to producing first-rate scholarship and to engaging in a range of activities that enrich both the study and practice of black politics.

In addition to his roles in the planning stages of the conference, Johnson will present a paper titled, “Making Citizens in Magnaville:  Katrina Refugees and Neoliberal Self-Governance,” which is culled from his forthcoming edited volume about the Katrina disaster and the politics of rebuilding titled, “The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalist Culture and the Remaking of New Orleans” (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

Johnson’s articles and book reviews have appeared in New Political Science, Monthly Review, and In These Times. He is also a member of the American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. In Rochester, N.Y., he is involved with local labor activities and has served on the Rochester Labor Lyceum. Johnson received his B.A. at Southern University, his first M.A. at Ohio State University, and his second M.A. and his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland-College Park.

He is the author of “Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics”  (University of Minnesota Press, 2007).