Call for Papers


Call for Papers, The Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis and Research

2020 Journal Theme: ‘Africa – America 20/20: Re-envisioning Liberation for the Global Black Diaspora’

Abstract Submissions Due: February 15, 2019 – 11:59 p.m. ET

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.’s Journal for the Center for Policy Analysis and Research (JCPAR) is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes original research and analyses on public policy issues related to black politics in the United States and abroad.

For the next JCPAR to be published in 2020, managing editors Dr. Menna Demessie and Dr. Alexandra Antohin are seeking submissions (approximately 4,000 – 5,000 words in length) that address the impact of colonization in Africa and slavery in the United States on people of African descent across the globe.

This issue situates black liberation within the domestic and global context of current policies, practices, and systems that perpetuate racial discrimination, inequality, and white supremacy. Submissions should promote policies, practices, and ideologies that produce system-wide solutions to address racial disparities in housing, employment, immigration, criminal justice reform, representation and democratic governance, poverty, technology and education, human trafficking and women’s rights, international security and trade, wealth and capital.

As we reflect on 400 years since the inception of slavery in the United States and approximately 140 years of the colonization of Africa, this issue also aims to seriously engage the question of reparations for African Americans and people of African descent. Since 1989, Rep. John Conyers introduced H.R. 40 entitled, “Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act.” Given the precedent of reparations efforts with respect to Jews and the Holocaust, Japanese and U.S. internment camps, South Africans and Apartheid, or Native Americans and indigenous lands, this issue will also resurrect and normalize the discourse on reparations for African Americans and people of African descent as a viable avenue to address significant racial disparities across a host of socioeconomic indicators.

We welcome interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives from the social sciences, natural sciences, STEM and humanities. The theme highlights a Pan-African dimension to policymaking and legislative agendas that recognize the historic relationships of cooperation and renewal of common struggles for black liberation with a “20/20” focus on domestic and international imperatives. We are soliciting articles that contain direct discussions of policies and their implications. This issue is scheduled for publication in early 2020.

Submission Deadlines

  • Initial abstracts/expressions of interest (max. 300 words), proposed title, and short author bio and affiliation (max. 100 words): February 15, 2019
  • Notification of invitation to submit a full article: March 15, 2019
  • Submission of completed articles: June 1, 2019
  • Results of peer-review process: July 15, 2019
  • Final versions due: September 1, 2019

Please send abstract and bio, as well as all queries about the journal and this call for papers, to Dr. Alexandra Antohin at

JCPAR’s editorial board: editor-in-chief Dr. Ivory Toldson, special section editor Dr. Elsie Scott (Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center, Howard University) and the following board members: Allison R. Brown, JD (Communities for Just Schools Fund), Niambi Carter, PhD (Howard University), Errol Anthony Henderson, PhD (Pennsylvania State University), Keith Jennings, PhD (National Democratic Institute), David Johns, MA (National Black Justice Coalition), Niaz Kasravi, PhD (Avalon Institute), Julianne Malveaux, PhD (Economic Education), Roger Mitchell, Jr., MD (DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner), Shayla Nunnally, PhD (University of Connecticut), Ravi K. Perry, PhD (Virginia Commonwealth University), Reginald Tucker-Seeley, MA, ScM, ScD (University of Southern California), William Spriggs, PhD (Howard University).

For more information, visit the JCPAR home page and highlights from the release of the inaugural JCPAR.