Kevin Cokley, Ph.D.


Departments of Educational Psychology & African and African Diaspora Studies

College of Liberal Arts

UT Austin

Kevin Cokley is a professor of educational psychology and African Diaspora studies at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis. Starting in Fall 2017, he will be the Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professor for Educational Research and Development. Cokley's research and teaching can be broadly categorized in the area of African American psychology. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Psychology. He was elected to fellow status in the American Psychological Association for his contributions to ethnic minority psychology and counseling psychology. He has been recognized as being among the top 10 contributions to multicultural psychology journals and among the authors with the most publications in ethnic minority psychology. He is the recipient of the 2014 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2009 Charles and Shirley Thomas Award for mentoring ethnic minority students by the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, the 2008 10 Rising Stars of the Academy award by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and the 2007 Association of Black Psychologists' Scholarship Award. He is the author of the 2014 book The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism, which challenges the notion that African American students are anti-intellectual. In addition, Cokley has written several op-eds in major media outlets, including the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express, The American Prospect, The Huffington Post, The Conversation, The Grio and The Hill.