Dr. Ravi K. Perry
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Ravi K. Perry holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University, each in political science. Dr. Perry is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Stennis Scholar for Municipal Governance at Mississippi State University. Perry’s broad research interests focus on an evolving and prolific take on issues facing African-‐Americans in the United States. With specializations in Black politics, minority representation, urban politics, American public policy, and LGBT candidates of color, he concentrates his research and activism in areas such as the new generation of civil rights debates, public policy, and urban politics public service delivery to minority communities.
Dr. Perry is the editor of 21st Century Urban Race Politics: Representing Minorities as Universal Interests, a book that discusses the efforts of African American, Latino and Asian mayors to represent the interests of minorities in historically White cities in the United States. His second book is entitled Black Mayors, White Majorities: The Balancing Act of Racial Politics, and focuses on the challenges Black mayors face in representing Black interests in majority White, medium-‐sized cities in the state of Ohio.
Currently, Dr. Perry is writing several separate manuscripts that examine (1) the lives, campaigns, and governing efforts of openly-‐LGBT elected officials of color, (2) the experiences of James Baldwin at Bowling Green State University and (3) the impact being raised in desegregation cities has on minority political participation and protest politics.
A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and an avid grassroots campaign organizer and volunteer, the former track and field standout is currently Vice President of the National Association for Ethnic Studies, Secretary of the Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics for the American Political Science Association and is a member of the Executive Council with the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.
A blogger with Huffington Post’s Gay Voices, Dr. Perry was one of the first openly gay branch presidents of color in the history of the NAACP. A life‐long advocate for and with the LGBT, minority, and HIV and/or AIDS communities, Dr. Perry has chronicled his story and the implications of political activism for/of those communities in a host of venues, including, the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition’s Youth Empowerment Conference, the Creating Change Conference, at various colleges and universities, and in many pulpits nationwide.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being recognized as one of Out Magazine’s “Hidden 105” and The Advocate’s “193 Reasons to Have Pride,” Dr. Perry is married to Mr. Paris F. Prince, MBA. In December 2012, their August wedding on the lawn of their Massachusetts home was the first gay-male wedding to be featured in Jet Magazine’s historic Weddings Section. Both are active tennis players, and are the proud parents of two dogs.
Dr. Perry’s activism, commentary and oratory have been featured in national media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Jet Magazine, The Huffington Post, Politics Daily, EBONY.com, TheGrio.com, TheROOT.com, National Public Radio, Christian Science Monitor, and the USA TODAY. Perry has also been featured in various regional and local media outlets including, The Washington Post, Basic Black (WGBH Boston), GoLocalWorcester.com, the Orlando Sentinel, the Democrat and Chronicle, The Telegram and Gazette, The Toledo Blade, The Ann Arbor News, The Columbus Dispatch, The Providence Journal, the Brown Daily Herald, The Michigan Daily, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Sojourner’s Truth.
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