About Jason Kirksey:
Dr. Jason F. Kirksey is the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and the Chief Diversity Officer at Oklahoma State University. He also continues to hold the rank of Associate Professor of Political Science at OSU. Dr. Kirksey served as the Director of the OSU Center for Africana Studies from 2007-2011. He holds a BA in both Political Science and Economics from Oklahoma State University (1989) and an MA in Political Science also from OSU (1991). He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Orleans in 1997. Dr. Kirksey brings approximately 20 years of experience teaching, researching, and studying issues related to diversity and inclusion. His areas of specialization include minority politics (with an emphasis on African Americans, Native Americans, and women in the American political system), race, politics, and sports, voting and elections, and public policy. Dr. Kirksey’s research has been published in the National Political Science Review, Women and Politics, the Voting Rights Review, Focus on Law Review, and Oklahoma Politics. In addition to his publish articles, Dr. Kirksey has written several book chapters that have primarily focused on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He has also served as an expert witness in voting rights litigation. Dr. Kirksey serves on a number of diversity-related boards and councils and has given numerous presentations and workshops on the topic of diversity. He is a native of Denver, Colorado.