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Panelist Bio


Albert Samuels, Ph.D.
Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

Dr. Albert L. Samuels is a native of Shreveport, LA. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Social Sciences (both from Southern University) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Louisiana State University. He has taught political science at Southern University since 1999 and currently serves as the Interim Dean of the Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences. From 2014-2016, he served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.

During the Spring Semester of 2014, he was elected by his faculty colleagues to the office of Vice President of the Southern University Faculty Senate. His research interests include American politics, black politics, Louisiana politics, educational policy, and voting rights. He has taught courses in American Government, State and Local Government, Louisiana Politics, the American Presidency, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Race Relations, Comparative Politics, and Politics and Religion.

Dr. Samuels has authored numerous scholarly publications. Most prominently among them is Is Separate Unequal: Black Colleges and the Challenge to Desegregation (2004, University of Kansas Press). This book earned the Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnicity Section of the American Political Science Association at its 2005 Annual Meeting.

Dr. Samuels has been frequently featured in media outlets as a commentator on local, state, and national political events.

He is married to the former Kathy Branch of Baton Rouge, LA. They have three children and three grandchildren.

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     06/18 - Louisiana: Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?  (ENCORE)

Is Louisiana a Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?
For decades Louisiana has proclaimed itself as the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” But for today’s hunters, changes to Louisiana’s landscape have caused a decline in the quality of the state’s deer habitat and smaller game. For coastal fishermen, private property rights often unduly restrict access to waters that are considered public in any other state.

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