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Pearl DoweVice Provost for Faculty Affairs | Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies

Dr. Pearl Dowe is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies with a joint appointment between Oxford College and Emory College of Arts and Sciences.  She is also currently the vice provost for faculty affairs at Emory University.  

Dr. Dowe’s most recent research focuses on African American women’s political ambition and public leadership. Her manuscript, The Radical Imagination of Black Women: Ambition, Politics, and Power, will be published in fall of 2023 by Oxford University Press. Dr. Dowe's 2020 article ‘Resisting Marginilzation: Black Women's Ambition and Agency,’ published in 2020, received the Anna Julia Cooper Best Paper Award from the Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics.  

In addition to this work, Dowe's published writing includes co-authorship of Remaking the Democratic Party: Lyndon B. Johnson as Native-Son Presidential Candidate (University of Michigan Press: 2016) and editorship of African Americans in Georgia: A Reflection of Politics and Policy Reflection in the New South (Mercer University Press, 2010). She has also published numerous articles and book chapters throughout her career.  

Dr. Dowe is also a leader in the field of political science. She has held leadership roles in national and regional professional associations and is the National Review of Black Politics co-editor.  

A Georgia native, Dowe obtained her B.S. from Savanna State University, her M.A. from Georgia Southern University, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University.