The Hanes Walton, Jr. Award Fund is named in honor of Dr. Hanes Walton, Jr., former APSA vice president and professor of political science at the University of Michigan. Dr. Walton was a pioneer in the field of Black Politics. His scholarship also focused on American Politics, Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, the presidency, African politics, regulatory politics, political parties, elections, and political theory. He was a prolific scholar and author, having authored over 20 books, 85 articles, 24 chapters in edited volumes and with 950 citations.
He was a dedicated mentor to countless students and faculty of political science and served as an early and formative member of the APSA Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession (1974-1976); an APSA Congressional Fellow (1983-1984); member of the APSA annual meeting program committee (1990-1991); an APSA Council member (1991-1993); and APSA Vice President (2012-2013), among other roles.
A donation to the Hanes Walton, Jr. Award Fund will 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. Contribute today!