A recent book by Associate Professor of Political Science Cedric Johnson, “Revolutionaries to Race Leaders,” has been chosen for the 2008 W.E.B. DuBois Outstanding Book Award by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.
Johnson is scheduled to receive the award at the group's annual meeting on Friday, March 21 in Chicago.
Since he arrived on campus six years ago, Johnson has been working on the book, which critically examines the Black Power movement and post-segregation African American politics; it was published by the University of Minnesota Press in November. His current research project will look at the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster within a broader critique of neoliberal governance.
A civic-minded and committed teacher, Johnson incorporates community service projects into his classes and leads students on out-of-classroom excursions touring local factories or working on clean up projects in the Gulf Coast region.
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.
His is also co-author of “Bibliography of African American Leadership: An Annotated Guide” (with Ronald W. Walters) and “Searching for a Deeper Understanding of Devolution through Black Media,” with Adolphus G. Belk Jr. and Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs.
Earlier this semester, Johnson joined representatives of George Washington University and Howard University in celebrating February as Black History Month at a lecture series in Frederick, Md.
The book award honors W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963), a prolific and insightful writers and activist.
Details on the conference are available at NCOBPS.