Who We Are


The APCG promotes the recognition of the theoretical and methodological contributions of Africa-focused research to the discipline of political science; it works to expand the presence and profile of Africanist political science within African Studies; and, each year, it acknowledges the best research in African politics. A brief history and timeline of the organization are […]


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We sponsor panels at the Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association, the African Studies Association, and the International Studies Association. We also maintain an active presence at the Annual Meetings of the International Studies Association, which has its own African Politics organized section.   The African Politics Conference Group currently sponsors panels at […]



APCG sponsors four annual awards: Best Book in African Politics; Best Article in African Politics; the Lynne Rienner Best Dissertation in African Politics; and the African Affairs Best Graduate Student Paper. We also award the John Harbeson Distinguished Africanist Award for distinguished service to the community and to Africanist political science. Best Article Award Best […]