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 Belk, Adolphus   Name: Adolphus Belk
Title: Professor of Political Science
Education:
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
Office: 332 Bancroft Hall  
Phone: 803/323-4581
E-mail: belka@winthrop.edu  
Web: http://faculty.winthrop.edu/belka  
Area(s):
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, College Park. 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 politics of crime and punishment in the United States as well as white nationalism in American government and politics. His work has been published in The Journal of Race and PolicySouls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and SocietyThe Journal of Political Science EducationThe Journal of American Ethnic HistoryThe Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis and Research (a project of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation); 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 interest to African Americans and people of color.

In addition, Belk has collaborated with Dr. Scott H. Huffmon on several projects for the Center for Public Opinion & Policy Research (CPOPR), which conducts the widely respected Winthrop Poll. Together, they have constructed groundbreaking surveys on black political attitudes in South Carolina and across the entire southern region. National and international news organizations such as The New York TimesThe Washington Post, National Public Radio, and the BBC have covered the results of the Winthrop Poll.

Finally, in 2009, Belk was named Winthrop’s Outstanding Junior Professor, an award that recognizes excellence among assistant professors. In 2015, he won the Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university’s highest teaching honor.

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