Hermon George, Jr.
Dr. Hermon George, Jr. holds a B.A. in Political Science (1967, Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, PA) and M.A. in Spanish (1968, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT), and a Ph.D. in Comparative Culture (1979, University of California, Irvine, He is fluent in Spanish.
His teaching experience has spanned a variety of institutional settings, including historically black colleges (Fisk University, Nashville, TN, 1970-1971; Spelman College 1978-1981; State University of New York, New Paltz, 1981-1985) From 1985 to 1991, he was Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Black Studies Program at the University of Northern Colorado, (UNC). Since 1991, he is a Professor of Africana Studies teaching in the program.
Dr. George’s scholarship has centered on the black experience, American race relations, and political economy. He is the author of the book, American Race Relations Theory: A Review of Four Models (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1984), which CHOICE reviewed as “a good examination of the theoretical basis for understanding race relations… which social sciences scholars, students, and professors will benefit from reading…” In addition, his reviews have appeared in the Social Science Journal, the Journal of Ethnic Studies, Science and Society, and The Black Scholar. His articles have appeared in the Negro History Bulletin, The Black Scholar, and the Western Journal of Black Studies, the latter publishing his major original research study, “Black Power in Office: The Limits of Electoral Reform.” (WJBS 9:2 (Summer 1985) 84-95). “Black Power in Office…” has also been re-issued as part of an anthology published by Washington State University press (T. Anderson, ed., Black Studies: Theory, Method, and Critical Perspectives 1990, pp 158-170). The Black Scholar has recently published his article, “Black America, ‘The Underclass’, and the Subordination Process,” 19:3 (May/June 1988) 44-54, and his essay, “Clarence Thomas: ‘Loyal Foot Soldier’ for Reaganism” was reprinted in its anthology Court of Appeal…(1992, pp 67-72). He has edited and written the preface to Volume 2 of the Occasional Paper series (“The Black American West”, compiled by George Junne; UNC Department of Africana Studies, April 1999; I-ix, 228pp), a series which Dr. George inaugurated in 1991. He also published an essay, “The Next Century: The Coming Struggle for Economic Democracy,” in The Philadelphia Tribune (December 7, 1999), one of five specifically commissioned by this long-standing Afro-American newspaper to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of W.E.B. DuBois, The Philadelphia Negro.
He regularly gives invited papers at professional meetings such as the Western Social Science Association (1979, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993), The Annual Third World Conference (12th, 1986), the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (68th, 1983), and the National Council for Black Studies (1979, 1980, 1983). A member-at-large of the Executive Board of the National Council for Black Studies, from 1980 to 1987, Dr. George is also a reviewer for the Social Science Journal, and Science and Society. He is also one of six Regional Editors for The Western Journal of Black Studies. His academic honors include being named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities (1967), and receiving a tuition scholarship at Middlebury College (1967-1968). He was also an NEH Fellow at the Summer Institute on African-American Culture (Trenton State College, 1987) and the recipient of a Faculty Excellence Award at UNC (Spring, 1987). He is listed in Contemporary Authors (1989) v. 126 and Who’s Who in black America (1991). In fall 1994, he was appointed a Contributing and Advisory editor of The Black Scholar.
Dr. George has frequently served as an advisor to black student groups, and has worked with community groups. He is often an invited speaker at the sponsored events of these groups.