||Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., Government and Politics, University of Maryland-College Park
M.A., Government and Politics, University of Maryland-College Park
B.A., African-American Studies and Political Science, Syracuse University
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American Government, Race and Ethnic Politics in the U.S., the Politics of Mass Incarceration, Public Policy
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Belk completed his graduate studies at the University of Maryland. He joined the Department of Political Science at Winthrop in 2003. Belk has taught courses on American government, black politics, public policy, and race and ethnic politics in the United States. He is also the former director of Winthrop's African-American Studies Program.
Belk’s research has concentrated on the prison-industrial complex and the politics of mass incarceration. His work has been published in The Journal of Race and Policy and by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation's premier public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses squarely on matters of particular interest to African-Americans and people of color. More recently, Belk served as a guest editor for a special issue of The Journal of Race and Policy that examined the implications of the 2008 presidential election on race, racism, and policy in America.
Finally, Belk has collaborated with Scott H. Huffmon on several projects for the Social and Behavioral Research Lab, which conducts the widely respected Winthrop Poll. Together, they have constructed groundbreaking surveys on African-American political attitudes in South Carolina and across the entire southern region. National and international news organizations such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, and the BBC have covered the results of the Winthrop Poll.