The research included in this volume examines the competing pressures felt by black women as political agents in the domains of elections, public policy, and social activism. Their challenges and initiatives are explored in public spaces, institutional behaviours, and public policy.

The volume features cutting-edge research exploring black women's political engagement. The first group of contributors interrogates the treatment of black women within the discipline of political science. The second group examines the relationship between cultural politics and policymaking. The third and final group outlines the politics of race-gendered identity and black feminist practice.

Black Women in Politics includes chapters on black leadership, radical versus moderate politics in New Orleans, and the Shelby vs. Holder Supreme Court decision. The editors introduce a new series highlighting trends in black politics. Finally, the work notes the passing of William (Nick) Nelson and Hanes Walton, Jr., prominent members of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

part 1|1 pages

Special Issue Articles

part 2|1 pages

Research Article: Black Urban Leadership

chapter 8|18 pages

Black Mayoral Leadership in New Orleans: Minority Incorporation Revisited

ByStefanie Chambers, William E. Nelson

part 3|1 pages

Current Issue Analysis: The Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder Decision

chapter 9|3 pages

Reflections on Shelby v. Holder

ByChristina Rivers

part 4|1 pages


chapter 10|5 pages

Black Women State Legislators—Electoral Trend Data 1995–2011

ByB. D’Andra Orey, Nadia E. Brown

part 5|1 pages

Book Reviews

chapter 11|2 pages

Book Reviews: Special Issue on Black Women in Politics

ByTiffany Willoughby-Herard

chapter 23|6 pages

The Editors: A Note on Passing: William (Nick) Nelson and Hanes Walton, Jr.

Edited ByMichael Mitchell, David Covin, Nikol Alexander-Floyd, Julia S. Jordan-Zachery