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Dr. Albert L. Samuels

Dr. Albert L. Samuels is the Jewel L. Prestage-Kellogg Professor of Political Science and the Chair of the Department of Political Science and History. He is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Green Oaks High School in 1984 and enrolled in Southern University and A&M College that following Fall semester. He holds a B.A. in Political Science (1988), a M.A. in Social Sciences (1991), both from Southern University, and a Ph.D. In Political Science from Louisiana State University (1998). After teaching for one year at Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton, Georgia, he returned to the Southern University Department of Political Science in 1999 as a full time professor, where he has taught ever since. In his tenure at Southern University, he has taught courses in American government, state and local government, constitutional law, civil liberties, the American presidency, race relations, Louisiana politics, black politics, politics and religion, international relations, and comparative government. In addition to publishing several research articles, he is the author of Is Separate Unequal: Black Colleges and the Challenge to Desegregation (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2004), which received the Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnicity Section of the American Political Science Association. He is a frequent commentator on national, state and local politics and have served as an elections analysts for local radio and television stations. His quotes have appeared in The Washington Post, The USA Today, The Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report, The Morning Advocate, The Baton Rouge Business Report, and other publications.