APSA Remembers Dr. Mae C. King, Trailblazing Political Scientist and first African American Senior Staff Associate

Dr. Mae C. King (1938-2022)

Dr. Mae C. King, Professor Emerita of Political Science at Howard University, died November 4, 2022. She was the first African American Senior Staff Associate of the American Political Science Association (1969-1975). Dr. Mae King “paved the way for a generation of Black political scientists generally, and Black female political scientists particularly”, Sherri L. Wallace et al. wrote and that she “has made a significant contribution to the modern Black Liberation Movement, and to other fields of study, including African studies, Black studies, and Black women’s studies. King’s article, “Oppression and Power: The Unique Status of the Black Woman in the American Political System,” (Social Science Quarterly, 1975) is one of the classics in field of political science and widely anthologized. (Excerpted from Dr. Mae C. King, Political Science Pioneer). During her time on the APSA Staff, Dr. King worked with the APSA Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession (where she collected data for the first survey on the status of women in the profession), and on the teaching and learning portfolio. Dr. King also was the lead staff support on the National Science Foundation-funded Pre-Collegiate Education Project and the Federal City College Project. Dr. King’s research and teaching areas included African politics, international relations and African American women in politics.

See also, Obituary on Legacy.com

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