Affigne Honored by APSA with Goodnow Award
Providence, R.I.--Dr. Anthony Affigne, professor of political science at Providence College, was named the 2011 recipient of the Frank J. Goodnow Award--the political science discipline’s highest award--for his leadership and career-long contributions to the profession.
Named for the first president of the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Goodnow Award was created in 1996 to honor the commitment of teachers, researchers, and public servants who work in political science. Only 42 individuals have received the award to date.
Affigne was nominated by more than two-dozen leading political scientists, who cited his leadership and dedication to the organization, especially his work establishing research and professional groups focusing on race and ethnicity.
“Among his many contributions to the association and to political science, none stands out more than Dr. Affigne’s central and indispensable role in the founding of APSA’s Organized Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics. It is hard to believe that the association had no organized focus on race and ethnicity until Tony Affigne took it upon himself to bring it about,” said Ron Schmidt, Sr., APSA member and California State University-Long Beach professor.
“For nearly a century, mainstream scholarship had chosen to largely ignore research on race and ethnicity in politics, until we created the new section in 1995,” said Affigne. “Now, we have over 600 members and are the sixth-largest research subfield in the discipline of political science.”
Affigne, who was presented the award at the association’s recent annual meeting, is no stranger to the field of ethnicity and politics. In addition to being Rhode Island’s first-ever Latino candidate for elected office in 1982, he later served as founding director of the Black Studies Program here at the College.
He is a longtime member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and, in 1998, he also founded the national Latino Caucus in Political Science.
In addition, Affigne served on the APSA executive council for three years, including two as treasurer.
“It was a great honor personally [to win this award], but this is also a recognition that political science as a discipline is much better now, because it more appropriately centralizes the study of minority politics,” said Affigne, who is in his 21st year of teaching at PC.
-- Robert Smith-MacDonald ’12