Robert W. Williams
Associate Professor, Political Science
Curriculum Vitae


Bennett College
Political Science
900 E. Washington St.
Greensboro, N.C. 27401
U.S.A.
Tel.:    +1.336.517.2175
Email:  rwilliams@bennett.edu
Email:  drrobtwms@hotmail.com Web:    www.WEBDuBois.org
Web:    www.NightSpaces.org
Web:    Profile at Academia.edu



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Education
1993 Ph.D. received in Political Science from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Dissertation: Atomic-Powered Democracy: Policy Against Politics in the Quest for American Nuclear Energy.
1981 B.A. received in Political Science and in History, Virginia Common­wealth University (VCU), Richmond, VA. Graduated Magna Cum Laude, and with Honors in History.
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Teaching Positions Held
2004- Department of Political Science and Sociology, Bennett College, Greensboro, NC.
1993-04 Department of Political Science, Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC.
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 Teaching Experience (Courses Taught)
 Political theory (U.S., African American, and Western political theories; philosophy of social science)
American government (national government; state and local government; politics of race, gender, and class)
International politics (globalization; global environmental issues; political economy)
 Comparative politics (theories of the state)
 Political geography
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Awards and Achievements
2009 Recipient of Bennett College's Board of Trustees Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. May.
2006-09 Co-Recipient of a Faculty Research Fellowship Program grant awarded by Bennett College.
1998 Participant in the 1998 Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar Abroad Program, "Overcoming the Past and Meeting the Challenges of the Future in South Africa." Sponsored by the US Department of Education, Center for International Education, and arranged and administered by the African-American Institute (Washington, DC and Johannesburg, South Africa).
1982-86 Recipient of a Departmental Fellowship, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
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Research Interests
Political theory (W.E.B. Du Bois; U.S. and Western political thought; theories of democracy; public space; cultural politics)
Environmental policies (environmental justice; civilian nuclear energy)
Creation and maintenance of <WEBDuBois.org>, a links site to Internet-accessible sources written by and about W.E.B. Du Bois
Creation and development of <NightSpaces.org>, a web site exploring the political-geographical concept and theory of night spaces
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Journal Publications (Peer-Reviewed)
2014
"Embracing Philosophy: On Du Bois's 'The Individual and Social Conscience'." Phylon, 51:1 (Fall): 42-56.
2012
Williams, R.W. & W.E.B. Du Bois [Primary source]. "'The Sacred Unity in All the Diversity': The Text and a Thematic Analysis of W.E.B. Du Bois's 'The Individual and Social Conscience' (1905)." Journal of African American Studies, 16:3 (Sep­tem­ber): 456-497. Initially published via "Online First" (SpringerLink), March 2011.
[Author's Final Draft manuscript: PDF file (~379K)].
2010
"Politics, Rights, and Spatiality in W.E.B. Du Bois's 'Address to the Country' (1906)". Journal of African American Studies, 14:3 (Septem­ber): 337-358. Initially published via "Online First" (SpringerLink), August 2009.
2009 "Paradoxes of the South in W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk." Mississippi Quarterly, 62:1-2 (Winter-Spring): 71-94.
2008 "Night Spaces: Darkness, Deterritorialization, and Social Control." Space and Culture, 11:4 (November): 514-532. [Abstract; Issue TOC].
Note: This article has been placed on its "most-read" list for various months. According to Space and Culture the journal calculates the list on a monthly basis from "full-text and pdf views". This article's ranking has risen and fallen over time. In August 2011 "Night Spaces" was listed as the second most read article: most-read list as a JPEG screen capture [click the backspace key to return to this page].
2006-07 "Political Legitimacy and the Dynamics of Anti-Nuclear Protest in America." Online at EnterText, 6:3 (Winter) [MS Word format].
2006 "Democracy, Cyberspace, and the Body." Online at Cultural Logic, Vol. 9.
2006 "The Early Social Science of W.E.B. Du Bois." Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 3:2 (September): 365-394.
[Download: PDF ~190 K]   [Abstract; Issue TOC]
* Reprinted in Reiland Rabaka (Ed.), W.E.B. Du Bois. Series: The International Library of Essays in Classical Sociology. Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. [web page].
2005 "W.E.B. Du Bois and His Social-Scientific Research: A Review of Online Texts." Online at Sociation Today, 3:2 (Fall). [Journal of the North Carolina Sociological Association].
2005 "Getting to the Heart of Environmental Injustice: Social Science and Its Boundaries." Online at Theory & Science, 6:1 (Summer).
2005 "Politics and Self in the Age of Digital Re(pro)ducibility." Online at Fast Capitalism, 1:1.
2004 "W.E.B. Du Bois and the Socio-Political Structures of Education." The Negro Educational Review, 55:1 (January): 9-26. [Draft version]
2003 "Terrorism, Anti-Terrorism, and the Normative Boundaries of the U.S. Polity: The Spatiality of Politics after 11 September 2001." Space and Polity, 7:3 (December): 273-292.
1999 "The Contested Terrain of Environmental Justice Research: Community as a Unit of Analysis." Social Science Journal, 36:2: 313-328.
1999 "Environmental Injustice in America and Its Politics of Scale." Political Geography, 18:1 (January): 49-74.
1998 "Hegemony and Resistance: Toward a Research Agenda for Cultural Politics." Midsouth Political Science Review, vol. 2; pp. 73-93.
1997 "Intergovernmental Conflict Over Emergency Planning: The Politics of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant." Polity, 30:2 (Winter): 285-314.
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Book Chapters & Invited Publications
In Press "A Democracy of Differences: W.E.B. Du Bois on (Social) Science and Nescience." Completed chapter in the forthcoming anthology, A Political Companion to W.E.B. Du Bois, ed. by Nick Bromell. Under contract with the University of Kentucky Press.
In Press "The Digital Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois in the Internet Age." Completed chapter in the forthcoming anthology, Citizen of the World, ed. by Phillip Luke Sinitiere. Under contract with Northwestern University Press.
2014 "W. E. B. Du Bois and Positive Propaganda: A Philosophical Prelude to His Editorship of The Crisis." Chapter in Amy Helene Kirschke & Phillip Luke Sinitiere (Eds.), Protest and Propaganda: W. E. B. Du Bois, the Crisis, and American History (Columbia: University of Missouri Press).
2010 "Night Spaces". Pp. 566-568 in E. Ray Hutchison (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, Vol. 2 (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications) [Web page].
Note: This encyclopedia entry is also available on my NightSpaces.org website as The Concept and Theory of Night Spaces.
2009 "Atlanta University School of Sociological Research". Pp.37-40 in Helen Taylor Greene & Shaun L. Gabbidon (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Race and Crime (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications) [Web page].
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Other Academic Publications
2009 W.E.B. Du Bois' The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911), an online profile for The Literary Encyclopedia. December.
2006 W.E.B. Du Bois' The Negro (1915): profile available at the online Literary Encyclopedia. October.
2006 Profile of W.E.B. Du Bois' The Philadelphia Negro (1899) for the online Literary Encyclopedia. March.
2005 W.E.B. Du Bois' Darkwater: Voices from within the Veil (1920), an online profile for The Literary Encyclopedia. September.
2005 Biographical profile of Du Bois, W. E. B. (1868-1963) accessible online at The Literary Encyclopedia (www.LitEncyc.com). June.
2005 Profile of W. E. Burghardt Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk (1903) online at The Literary Encyclopedia (www.LitEncyc.com). June.
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Reviews, Including Peer-Review Work
2010 Book Review of Amy Helene Kirschke's Art in Crisis: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Struggle for African American Identity and Memory. Published in The Western Journal of Black Studies, 34:3: pp.380-381. [WJBS v.34,n.3 issue]
2015 Manuscript reviewer for cultural geographies.
2012 Manuscript reviewer for American Studies.
2012 Manuscript reviewer for Urban Studies.
2010 Manuscript reviewer for The Du Bois Review.
2010 Manuscript reviewer for the Journal of African American Studies (a journal published by Springer).
2009 Manuscript reviewer for the Midsouth Political Science Review (the journal of the Arkansas Political Science Association).
2008 Reader's Report of a book manuscript; solicited by the University of Toronto Press (UTP site).
2007 Manuscript reviewer for Antipode (a journal published by Blackwell).
2007 Manuscript reviewer for Space and Culture (the journal's blog).
2005 Manuscript reviewer for The Professional Geographer (a journal of the Association of American Geographers).
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Work in Progress
      
Book project on W.E.B. Du Bois's concept of unknowability and its significance for research, activism, and politics.
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Professional Presentations
2017 "W.E.B. Du Bois at the Horizon of History and Sociology." Paper presented at the Second Annual Conference of the African American Intellectual History Society, Vanderbilt University. 24 March 2017. [Presentation online]
2016 "The Intertextuality of Du Bois's Idea of Humanity: A Collation Analysis." Paper presented at the 30th Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy — "Exploring the 'Humanity' in the Digital Humanities" — which was hosted by the African American Studies and Research Center, Purdue University. 2 December 2016. [Presentation online]
2016 Presenter at the session "Author Meets Critics: The First American School of Sociology: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory by Earl Wright II" convened at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta. 14 April 2016.
2016 "W.E.B. Du Bois on Scientific Knowledge and Its Limits." Paper presented at the Symposium Celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory and the Work of W.E.B. Du Bois, Clark Atlanta University. 25 February 2016. [Presentation online]
2013 "Embracing Philosophy: On Du Bois's ''The Individual and Social Conscience.'" Paper presented at W.E.B. Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta: A 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference, Clark Atlanta University. 20 February 2013. [Conference Website]  [Presentation online]
2009 "W.E.B. Du Bois on Heroism and the Talented Tenth." Paper presented at the 2009 Southern Conference on African American Studies, Charlotte, NC. 12 February. [SCAASI]
2008 "Problematizing Reality: Zora Neale Hurston and Their Eyes Were Watching God." Paper presented at the 5th Annual Africana Women's Studies / Womanist Religious Studies Summit, Bennett College. 4 April.
2006 "Politics, Rights, and Spatiality in W.E.B. Du Bois' 1906 'Address to the Country'". Presented at "The Niagara Movement and the Dawning of 20th Century Civil Rights, 1906-2006", a symposium sponsored by the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the Harpers Ferry Historical Association. August.
2005 "The Role of Marginality in the Social Science of W.E.B. Du Bois." Paper presented at the 2005 Southern Conference on African American Studies, Montgomery, AL. February. [SCAASI]
2002 "Night as Dis/Order: Imagination contra Social Rationality." Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Blue Ridge International Conference on the Humanities & Arts, Appalachian State University, NC. April.
2002 "Terrorism, Anti-Terrorism, and the Normative Boundaries of the U.S. Polity." Paper presented at the NC Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Catawba College, Salisbury, NC. April.
2002 "Political Philosophy and Geographical Imagination." Paper presented at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles. March.
2001 "Cyberspace and (Dis)Embodiment." Paper presented at the Third Annual Blue Ridge International Conference on the Humanities and Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. April.
2001 "Night Spaces: Darkness and Power." Paper presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York City. March.
2000 "Politics Disembodied: The Internet and Democracy." Paper presented online at a conference on the "Internet, Democracy and Public Goods" sponsored by the Centro de Virtual Estudios Politicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. November.
2000 "The Culture Industry in a Time of Accelerated Globalization." Paper presented at the Second Annual Blue Ridge International Conference on the Humanities and the Arts, Boone, NC. April.
1998 "Monuments and Public Space in South Africa." Presentation at the Fall Conferences of SERSAS, the Southeastern Regional Seminar on African Studies, Charlottesville, VA. October.
1998 "A Critical-Theoretic Approach to Environmental Inequity." Paper presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA. March.
1997 "The Politics of Scale: Environmental Inequity in America." Paper presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Fort Worth, TX. April.
1996 "American Attitudes toward Hispanic Immigrants: An Exploratory Study." Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Conference of the South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies (SECOLAS 1996), Coral Gables, FL. April.
1996 "Community: The Contested Analytical Unit of Environmental Justice Research."  Paper presented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Charlotte, NC. April.
1995 "The Land of Opportunity Is Now Closed: 'Defending' America from Foreign Influence." Paper presented at the XIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA 1995), Washington, D.C. September.
1995 "International Trade, National Cultures: Forces of Hegemony and Dissent." Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of the South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies (SECOLAS 1995), Chapel Hill, NC. March.
1994 "Western Roles in an Interdependent World." Presentation at the conference, "A World of Transitions," sponsored by the Center for International Studies of Duke University, and the Triangle Universities Security Seminar, Durham, NC. June.
1992 "What's Behind Yucca Mountain? The High-Level Politics of Nuclear Waste." Paper presented at the 1992 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. September.
1991 "Streamlined Regulation, Sidelined Democracy: The Case of U.S. Nuclear Licensing Reform." Paper presented at the 1991 Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA. November.
1991 "Atomic-Powered Democracy? Intergovernmental Conflicts Over U.S. Nuclear Energy." Paper presented at the 1991 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Tampa, FL. November.
1990 "Labyrinth and Leviathan: Politics Versus the State in the Quest for American Nuclear Energy." Paper presented at the 1990 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA. September.
1990 "'Crisis? What Legitimation Crisis?' Policy, Protest, and American Nuclear Energy." Paper presented at the 1990 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association, Fort Worth, TX. March.
1989 "Politics, 'Anti-Politics' and Nuclear Energy: Legitimacy and the Structure of Anti-Nuclear Protest in America." Paper presented at the 1989 Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association, Atlanta, GA. September.
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Invited Lectures & Talks
2015 "W.E.B. Du Bois and the Paradox of Democracy." Talk delivered as part of the Faculty Lecture Series at Bennett College. 22 January. [Presentation online]
2014 "The Niagara Movement, 1905-1910: Its Significance for Political Theory." Presentation on a Panel Discussion, "Civil Rights in America: Different Perspectives," at Bennett College. 25 February.
2010 "Du Bois on the Souls of Black and White Folk." Commentary and participation in an English Honors class discussion at Bennett College. 9 February.
2009 Participant at a roundtable discussion, "The Obama Factor: What Now?", at the 2009 Southern Conference on African American Studies, Charlotte, NC. 12 February. [SCAASI]
2008 "W.E.B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folk." Commentary and discussion as part of an English Honors class at Bennett College. 25 September and 7 October.
2008 "W.E.B. Du Bois and Zora Neale Hurston on the Craft of Writing." Talk delivered as part of the Faculty Lecture Series at Bennett College. 19 February.
2007 "The Genres of W.E.B. Du Bois." Lecture and discussion in an Advanced Composition class, an English course, at Bennett College. April.
2006 "Survey Research and W.E.B. Du Bois' The Philadelphia Negro." Lecture in a Research Methods and Design class at Bennett College. October.
2005 "African Americans and 19th Century Social Science." Lecture in a Social Theory class at Bennett College. April.
2005 "The Social Science of W.E.B. Du Bois." Talk at a faculty gathering of the Division of Social Sciences and Education, Bennett College. April.
2005 "Existentialism and Existential Psychology." Lecture in a History and Systems of Psychology course at Fayetteville State University. February.
2004 "Conducting Research in the Republic of South Africa." Lecture for the Psychology Club of Livingstone College. April.
2003 "John F. Kennedy: Politics and Policy Forty Years Later." Lecture at Livingstone College's Andrew Carnegie Library during a commemoration of J.F.K. November.
2003 "Reexamining Existentialism." Lecture at a Livingstone College class session on Existential Psychology. October.
2003 "Gandhi, King, and Non-Violent Civil Disobedience." Lecture at a Livingstone College seminar on Conflict Resolution. April.
2002 "Existentialism: An Introduction." Lecture at a Livingstone College class on the History and Systems of Psychology. November.
2002 "Marxist Analysis and Literary Theory" and "The Frankfurt School and the Culture Industry Revisited." Lectures at a Livingstone College seminar on Literary Theory. March, April.
1999 "Rousseau and the Historical Context of the Romantic Tradition." Lecture at a Livingstone College seminar on the Romantic Tradition in Literature. October.
1996 Scholar/Facilitator for the "Choices for the 21st Century" Program, a four-week public policy discussion series held at the Rowan County Public Library (NC). Sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University and by the Center for the Book, State Library of North Carolina, with major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. October.
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Organizational Experience
2009 Member of the Editorial Board of the Midsouth Political Science Review.
2002 Chair of a panel, "Geographic Thought - Representing Space and Place," at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles. March.
2001 Chair of a panel, "Exploring Politics and Regions," at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York City. March.
2000 Chair of a Roundtable Discussion on "Teaching Political Science" convened at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Greensboro, NC. April.
1997 Chair of a panel on Environmental Justice at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Fort Worth, TX. April.
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College Service
2004- Committee participation at Bennett College, including the Honors College Advisory Council; Tenure and Promotion Committee; Faculty Senate; Division Welfare Committee; General Education Curriculum Committee; and Scholarship Committee.
1993-04 Committee participation at Livingstone College, including the Library Committee; Computer Literacy Committee; Technology Team; Faculty Grievance Committee; and Curriculum and Catalog Committee.
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Computer and Internet Skills
Tutoring in the use of the Internet for academic research
World Wide Web site development (HTML; CSS; Javascript)
Training and troubleshooting Windows-based software (spreadsheets; word processing; utilities)
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