Academe Call for Proposals

Special Issue of Academe: Reconsidering the AAUP's Racial History

The history of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) since its founding in 1915 has coincided with racial upheaval and transformation in the academy at large, from desegregation to current struggles for racial justice. Academe, the magazine of the AAUP, invites proposals for articles that would examine the Association's work over the past century through the lens of race: How have specific AAUP investigations and policies implicated racial issues? How have the national AAUP, state conferences, and campus chapters responded to civil rights movements and student activism around race? How has systematic racism—and efforts to dismantle it—influenced local and national AAUP history?

Possible areas of focus include the following:

  • The AAUP and segregation
  • The AAUP during the civil rights movements of the 1950s and 1960s
  • The AAUP and affirmative action
  • Scholars of color in the AAUP
  • The AAUP and historically Black colleges and universities
  • How AAUP chapters have grappled with issues such as campus policing, bargaining for racial equity, and racial tensions on campus or within unions

We welcome critical perspectives on the AAUP's history. Stipends are available to support original historical research.

Please send queries and proposals of no more than 750 words to [email protected] by August 15, 2023. Invited articles of up to 5,000 words will be due February 1, 2024. Academe is not peer-reviewed and is intended for a general academic audience. See for additional information.