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Hanes Walton, Jr.: Architect of the Black Science of Politics

  • The first systematic book length treatment of Hanes Walton Jr

  • Walton's work has international appeal in the fields of comparative politics, particularly in Africa

  • Written by one of Walton’s chief academic collaborators


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Robert C. Smith
    Pages 1-8
  3. Robert C. Smith
    Pages 9-61
  4. Robert C. Smith
    Pages 63-72
  5. Robert C. Smith
    Pages 73-80
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 81-92

About this book


Hanes Walton Jr.  (1941-2013) was a pioneering and prolific scholar of African American politics, and the architect of the modern scientific study of the subject.The first person to earn a PhD in political science from Howard University, Walton devoted his career to laying the intellectual foundations in his writings, and lobbying for the establishment of black politics as a subfield in political science. This study comprehensively analyses Walton’s corpus, while providing a history of the development of the study of black politics in political science. It concludes with an analysis of how the subfield has evolved since Walton’s pioneering work.


Black politics Hanes Walton Jr. politic science subfields African American politics Howard University Race Scholarship

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.San Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco, CAUSA

About the authors

Robert C. Smith is professor of political science at San Francisco State University and the author of The Encyclopedia of African American Politics, a leading textbook in African American politics, eleven other books, and scores of articles and reviews on American government and African American politics. In 1998 he was presented Howard’s Distinguished PHD Alumni Award.

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