Call for Papers: Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men

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Call for Papers
July 30, 2020
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Political Science, Teaching and Learning, Race Studies

Spectrum, a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary research journal published by Indiana University Press, is preparing a special issue analyzing and critiquing the work(s) of some of the most well published Black male academics in their fields. Their names and affiliations appear below:



  • James Anderson, PhD (Dean of the College of Education; The Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Education, University of Illinois)
  • Lewis V. Baldwin, PhD (Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University)
  • Lawrence Carter, PhD; DD (Dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel; Professor of Religion, Morehouse College)
  • Noel Cazenave, PhD (Professor of Sociology, UCONN)
  • W. Montaque Cobb, PhD
  • Samuel D. Cook, PhD (Former Professor and President of Dillard University)
  • Nathan Hare, PhD (retired, former Chair of Black Studies, San Francisco State University, cofounder of Black Think Tank)
  • A. Leon Higginbotham, J.D. (former Jurist, Professor, Harvard University)
  • E. Newton Jackson, PhD (Professor of Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management, University of North Florida)
  • Luther P. Jackson, PhD (Former Professor of History, Virginia State University)
  • Z. Alexander Looby (Professor and Civil Rights Attorney)
  • Walter Massey, PhD (President emeritus, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Professor of Physics and former President of Morehouse College)
  • Spottswood Robinson III (Civil Rights Attorney and former Professor, Howard University School of Law)
  • Donald Spivey, PhD (Distinguished Professor of History, University of Miami)
  • Melvin B. Tolson (Poet, writer and former Professor, Wiley College
  • William Julius Wilson, PhD (Lewis P. and Linda Geyser University Professor, Harvard University)

We are interested in papers that engage the subject’s work in the time-honored tradition of scholarly rigor. How the authors choose to engage the subjects’ work will be limited only by their imaginations. It is expected that writers will flesh out the strengths and weaknesses contained in the authors’ work with the expressed purpose of assessing its import within the larger body of academic scholarship on which said work or works are built.

Double-space papers should be between 20–25 pages of text, but no more than 40 pages of text, excluding the bibliography. Abstracts of papers of no more than 200 words are due no later than Thursday, July 30, 2020. Writers will be notified the status of their abstracts by Friday, August 7, 2020. Full papers will be due no later than Friday, March 14, 2021. All papers will undergo an external peer-review process. Any questions should be directed to managing editor Molly Reinhoudt, PhD, at

Contact Info: 

Molly Reinhoudt, Managing Editor, Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men

The Ohio State University

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Columbus, OH 43210

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