about dr. belk
a native of
brooklyn, ny, dr. belk is the son of
azalia belk and mr. adolphus belk, sr. he earned a b.a. at
syracuse university where he double-majored in african american
studies and political science. belk graduated summa cum laude
and phi beta kappa. he was also a remembrance
scholar, newell rossman, jr. scholar, martin luther king, jr. award
recipient, and fannie lou hamer award recipient during his
earned both his m.a. and ph.d. in government and politics at the
university of maryland.
he now makes his home in fort mill, s.c. and serves as a professor of
political science and
african american studies at
winthrop university. his research and teaching interests
include american government,
race and ethnic politics in the united states, the politics of mass
incarceration, and public policy.
belk's research has concentrated on crime,
punishment, and the prison-industrial complex.
more recently, he has explored the influence of white
nationalism in american politics. his work has been published in
the journal of race and policy, souls: a critical journal
of black politics, culture, and society, and by the joint
center for political and economic studies, one of the nation's
premier public policy institutions and the only one whose work
focuses squarely on matters of interest to african americans and
people of color.
over the years,
belk has collaborated with dr. scott h. huffmon on several projects
for the social & behavioral research lab, which conducts the
winthrop poll. together, they have constructed groundbreaking
surveys on black political attitudes in south carolina and across
the entire southern region. national and international news
organizations such as the new york times, the washington post,
national public radio, and the bbc have covered the results of the
belk is a member of several organizations, including the
american political science association
national conference of black political scientists.
he also serves on the board of directors for the american civil
liberties union of south carolina.
finally, dr. belk is married to the former
campbell. they have a daughter, nia, and a
page last updated by dr. belk on
january 11, 2015.