Throughout the fifty-year history of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), fourteen women have served as president. In honor of the golden anniversary of NCOBPS and to highlight the experience of Black women as presidents of professional academic organizations, six of the twelve living former Black women presidents reflect on the triumphs and challenges of their tenures as former leaders through the lens of race and gender. Using a Black feminist/womanist life history study approach, this article features the written narratives of these leaders, spanning the period from 1980 to 2019. The semi-structured email interviews were conducted between May 2018 and July 2019. This article enhances our understanding of how race and gender identity can influence the decision-making of Black women presidents and how that impacts the direction of an institution like NCOBPS.
Madam President: The Life Histories of Black Women Presidential Leadership in the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, 1980–2019
This article came to fruition through the support of many gifted scholars, specifically Black women scholars. I am grateful for the guidance and encouragement of the editorial team: Dr. Brandy T. Wells (Oklahoma State University), Dr. Tiffany Willoughby-Herard (University of California, Irvine), and Dr. Sharon Wright Austin (University of Florida). I am also grateful to my mentors and colleagues who offered helpful feedback and assistance in the writing process: Dr. Pearl Ford Dowe (Emory University), Jaimee Swift (Howard University), Princess Williams (University of Michigan), and Christine Slaughter (University of California, Los Angeles). I am grateful to the former Black women presidents of this great organization who acknowledged, participated, and affirmed my work on this subject. I dedicate this project in honor of all the Black women leaders of NCOBPS, those in the past, those in the present, and those yet to come.
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Ashley Daniels; Madam President: The Life Histories of Black Women Presidential Leadership in the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, 1980–2019. National Review of Black Politics 13 April 2020; 1 (2): 229–250. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nrbp.2020.1.2.229
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