Journal of Underrepresented & Minority Progress

Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress

Call for Manuscript for the Special Issue

Special Issue Title

 An Unequal Toll: The Color and Class of COVID-19


Special Issue Editors

Dr. Natasha Ramsay-Jordan and Dr. Andrea Smith

University of West Georgia, USA



Aim and Scope

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has exposed patterns of stratification that adversely impact historically marginalized groups. It has rapidly transformed our lives and communities compounding existing injustices, while at the same time opening up the possibility for rapid transformation of our sociopolitical context (Laster Pirtle, 2020). With this call, we seek contributions that analyze and articulate either conceptually, empirically, or theoretically some of the key issues emanating from COVID-19 pertaining to race, culture, and class. Against this backdrop, this special issue of the Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress (JUMP) endeavors to bring together academic and practitioner perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects.

Focus and Contribution 

JUMP is an appropriate venue to: examine the intersection of local, national, and global issues which impact social, political, economic, and educational conditions of historically marginalized populations; critique policies and prescriptions which address social, political, economic, and educational disparities; raise awareness about pressing and far-reaching questions which promote critical examination of the disparities and inequities facing marginalized communities; and provide concrete recommendations for social, political, economic, and educational policies which could have positive implications for underrepresented communities. If you are an international author experiencing these issues in your country, please consider submitting to this call as well. Special attention will be given to the recruitment of a strong and diverse range of voices.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Interested authors and contributors should submit manuscripts for review following the submission guidelines found on the JUMP website: Manuscripts should fit topics within the special issue and have significance to “An Unequal Toll: The Color and Class of COVID-19”. All submissions should follow APA 7thedition guidelines. Please upload manuscripts to Authors are asked to specify that the submission is intended for the JUMP Special Issue. Below is an estimated timeline for this special issue publication:

  1.   Authors of empirical studies must send a title and abstract (maximum 150 words) no later than July 24, 2020, 11:59 pm to this special issue editors and (EST)
  2.   Author(s) of approved abstracts will be notified by August 28, 2020, 11:59 pm (EST)
  3.   All drafts of manuscripts (with/without abstracts) are due on September 30, 2020, 11:59 pm (EST)
  4.   All decisions and suggested revisions will be sent to authors by October 30, 2020, 11:59 pm (EST)
  5.   All final drafts are due: December 15, 2020, 11:59 pm (EST)
  6.   Anticipated publication date: February 2021


If you have any questions about this special issue, please email Dr. Natasha Ramsay-Jordan ( and Dr. Andrea Smith ( We look forward to working with you.



Laster Pirtle, W. N. (2020). Racial Capitalism: A Fundamental Cause of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Inequities in the United States. Health Education & Behavior.