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  • Our Purpose

    Established in 2019 at Norfolk State University, the Center for African American Public Policy (CAAmPP), a special group of the College of Liberal Arts and housed within the Department of Political Science, is a think tank, providing unbiased and non-partisan research on public policy issues affecting African Americans and other peoples of color in Virginia and the world.

  • Our Work


    CAAmPP's mission is to empower minority communities, educate the public and assist lawmakers by providing alternatives on issues involving African Americans in Virginia and beyond.

    The Center serves as a clearing house for research initiatives as well as a place to conduct in-depth polling of communities of color and mediate difficult discussions about race and inequity.

  • Our Staff


    Eric W. Claville, J.D., M.L.I.S. is the director of the Center for African American Public Policy (CAAmPP) at Norfolk State University. As Director he leads the Center's programming, fundraising efforts, and partnerships. Read full bio || Email Dr. Claville



    Research Analyst

    Benjamin J. Rogers, Ph. D., serves as Data analyst for the Center for African American Public Policy and is responsible for CAAmPP's effort to develop measures of accessibility to polling stations, using an interface that websites provide to gather data. Read full bio || Email Dr. Rogers



    Administrative Assistant III

    Jocelyn Boyer 

    Email Mrs. Boyer

  • Governing Body


    Cassandra Newby-Alexander, PhD
    Dean, College of Liberal Arts
    CAAmPP Chair




    Olusoji Akomolafe, PhD
    Chair, Political Science
    CAAmPP Executive Director 




    Professor Chinedu G. Okala
    Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
    CAAmPP Board Member