Jason Kirksey

Associate Professor, Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Chief Diversity Officer at Oklahoma State University

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408 Whitehurst 

Ph.D., Political Science, University of New Orleans
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Dr. Jason F. Kirksey holds a BA in both Political Science and Economics (1989) and an MA in Political Science (1991) from Oklahoma State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Orleans in 1997. He is also a 2014 graduate of Class XXVII of Leadership Oklahoma.

Dr. Kirksey has more than 20 years of experience teaching, researching, and studying issues related to diversity and inclusion. His areas of expertise include minority politics, race and sports, and public policy, with emphasis on African Americans, Native Americans, and women in the American political system. Dr. Kirksey’s published research has appeared in the National Political Science Review, Women and Politics, the Voting Rights Review, Focus on Law Review, and Oklahoma Politics. In addition to his published articles, Dr. Kirksey has written several book chapters, focused primarily on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Additionally, he has served as an expert witness in federal and state voting rights litigation.

Currently, Dr. Kirksey is the Vice President for Institutional Diversity and the Chief Diversity Officer at Oklahoma State University. He also holds the rank of Associate Professor of Political Science at OSU. Dr. Kirksey serves as the principal investigator for the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program, a $3.4M, five-year National Science Foundation grant designed to increase underrepresented minority science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates at eleven higher educational institutions across the state of Oklahoma. He is the President of the Big 12 Chief Diversity Officers Consortium, President of the Oklahoma Diversity Officers and Practitioners Consortium, and an officer on the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Chapter Council of Representatives.

Dr. Kirksey serves on several diversity-related boards and councils and has given countless presentations and workshops on the topic of diversity and inclusion. Previously, Dr. Kirksey served as the Director of the OSU Center for Africana Studies (2007-2011), President of the Oklahoma Political Science Association (2002), and as the Hannah D. Atkins Endowed Chair for Political Science and Government Information (1995-2010).

Dr. Kirksey is a native of Denver, Colorado. He and his wife Kim have 2 children, Kaitlyn and Garrett.

Research Interests

American Politics, Minority Politics, Urban Politics, Election Systems