The APSA Hanes Walton, Jr. Career Award recognizes a political scientist whose lifetime of distinguished scholarship has made significant contributions to our understanding of racial and ethnic politics and illuminates the conditions under which diversity and intergroup tolerance thrive in democratic societies.
Dr. Hanes Walton, Jr.
The APSA Hanes Walton, Jr. Career Award is named in honor of Dr. Hanes Walton Jr., former American Political Science Association Vice President (2012-13) and professor of political science at the University of Michigan. Dr. Hanes Walton, Jr. attended and majored in political science at Morehouse College in 1963. He received an MA at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) and was the first PhD in government at Howard University in 1967. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha and received several other academic awards and was a life member of APSA.
Dr. Walton was initially employed at Savannah State College, later at Atlanta University and then at University of Michigan. And while at State and Michigan, he researched and published in the areas of race and politics, African politics, regulatory politics, political parties, elections, and political theory.
Dr. Walton is the author of multiple books on black politics, including: Invisible Politics: Black Political Behavior (1985), Political Parties in American Society (2000); Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr (1971); When the Marching Stopped: The Politics of Civil Rights Regulatory Agencies (1988); Presidential Elections, 1789-2008 (2009); and the two volume work, The African American Electorate: A Statistical History (2012).
About the Award
The APSA Hanes Walton Jr. Career Award is named in honor of Dr. Hanes Walton Jr. This award supports a biennial award to recognize a political scientist whose lifetime of distinguished scholarship “has made significant contributions to our understanding of racial and ethnic politics and illuminates the conditions under which diversity and intergroup tolerance thrive in democratic societies.”
The award was established in the memory of Hanes Walton Jr., with input from the APSA Council, the APSA Standing Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession, the Development Committee, member sections, and the Walton family, and the American Political Science Association.
The APSA Hanes Walton Jr. Career Award will be given biennially and announced at the APSA annual meeting during the award year. For more information about the award, contact Rachel Mosher-Williams.
How to Donate to the Fund
Donations can be made by visiting the donation webpage or by sending a check made payable to APSA c/o Regina Chavis, APSA, 1527 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036, with “Walton Jr. Award Fund” in the memo line.