Adolphus G. Belk Jr

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Dr. Adolphus G. Belk, Jr. is a political analyst and professor of political science and African American studies.[1][2] He was born in New York to Mrs. Azalia Belk and Mr. Adolphus Belk, Sr. He currently teaches at Winthrop University with a focus on issues of race and politics.[3][4] He also specializes in the "prison-industrial complex."[5][6] He is a political commentator and has published in periodicals such as Time and Democrat.[7] He was a guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Race and Policy, in which he publishes regularly.[3]


He was a double major, receiving a B.A. in African American Studies and a B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Maryland.


Guest editor

  • Journal of Race and Policy - 2008

Published works

  • “Peanuts, Pigs, Trash and Prisons: The Politics of Punishment in the Old Dominion and Sussex County,”[6]
  • A New Generation of Native Sons: Men of Color and the Prison-Industrial Complex, The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute - 2006 [8]
  • Making It Plain : Deconstructing the Politics of the American Prison-Industrial Complex (thesis) - 2003[9]

TV appearances

  • "Do South Carolina Primaries Foreshadow Shifting Political Priorities?"[10] PBS, 2006, (himself)


  1. ^ "Archives - Houston Chronicle". Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Seelye, Katharine Q. (14 October 2007). "Clinton-Obama Quandary for Many Black Women". Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Winthrop University - Dr. Adolphus G. Belk, Jr Archived June 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Candidates Exchange Jabs at Democratic Debate". Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  5. ^ The Sentencing Project Clearinghouse Data - A New Generation of Native Sons: Men of Color & the Prison-Industrial Complex Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b "The Courier Online News&Notes - Volume 34, No. 12 - June 10, 2005". Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "Blacks moving away from Clinton to Obama, poll shows". Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-09-15. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  9. ^ Belk, Adolphus G (19 August 2017). "Making it plain: deconstructing the politics of the American prison-industrial complex". Open WorldCat. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
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