University of California Press and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists will launch National Review of Black Politics in 2020. The journal will be published quarterly in January, April, July and October of each year, in both print and electronic format.

ISSN: 2688-0105
eISSN: 2688-0113

Aims and Scope

National Review of Black Politics, coming in January 2020

National Review of Black Politics (NRBP) is a refereed, international, and interdisciplinary quarterly journal of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, continuing the scholarly legacy of National Political Science Review, which had been published continually from 1989-2019. NRBP publishes exceptional quality scholarship related to the experiences of African-Americans in the American political community, the African diaspora in the Western Hemisphere, and on questions of black politics and the politics of race-making globally. It focuses on the international links between African-Americans and the larger community of nations, particularly with Africa. Among the more common areas of research considered for publication are those typically associated with political theory and history; the history of and material conditions of knowledge production in the field of politics; gendered politics; culture, aesthetics, and black politics; diasporic and internationalist movements; political behavior and attitudes; the performance of political institutions; the efficacy of public policy, interest groups and social movements; analytic reflections on political activism and movements; interethnic coalition building; and theoretical reflections that offer insights on the minority political experience.

Editorial Team

Pearl K. Dowe, Emory University
Andra Gillespie, Emory University

Book Review Editor
Shenita Brazelton, Tuskegee University

Editorial Advisory Board
Ray Block, University of Kentucky
Niambi Carter, Howard University
Danielle Clealand, Florida International University
David Covin, California State University, Sacramento
Michael Fauntroy, Howard University
Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, University of California, Los Angeles
Vincent Hutchings, University of Michigan
Shelby F. Lewis, African Renaissance and Diaspora Network Board
Marion Orr, Brown University
Dianne Pinderhughes, University of Notre Dame
Christopher Stout, Oregon State University
Darryl Thomas, Pennsylvania State University

The journal welcomes submissions for its inaugural volume. Authors should review the journal’s author guidelines prior to submission. Please direct all editorial inquiries to

About the National Conference of Black Political Scientists

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 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.

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.

To learn more about the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, please visit