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Kevin Cokley, Director 201 E. 21st Street Austin, TX 78705 (Jester A232A) 78705 • 512-471-3645



Kevin Cokley, PhD 

Director & Professor |

Dr. Cokley is a counseling psychologist and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Black Psychology. His research and teaching can be broadly categorized in the area of African American psychology. His research foci have included examining (1) the psychological and environmental factors that impact African American student achievement, (2) the influence of racial and ethnic identity, and (3) correlates of mental health including perceived discrimination, religiosity and spirituality, and most recently the impostor phenomenon. Using social science research, personal anecdotes and references to popular culture, his current book project debunks the myth of Black anti-intellectualism.

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Leonie Jones, BA

Administrative Associate |

Ms. Jones provides ongoing administrative support for a variety of policy research projects. She is also involved in editing of IUPRA publications and information management.  


Victor O. Obaseki, JD

Policy Coordinator |

Mr. Obaseki is an attorney who tracks legislation that affects urban populations. His current research focuses on education policies at the state and federal levels. Prior to joining IUPRA, Mr. Obaseki was a drafting attorney at Texas Legislative Council, where he advised and wrote legislation for Texas state legislators on a nonpartisan basis. Mr. Obaseki formerly worked as a newspaper reporter for The New York Times Company and the Lone Star News Group before attending law school at The University of Texas.


Shetal Vohra-Gupta, PhD

Research Scientist |

Dr. Vohra-Gupta’s research focuses on economic and labor policy as it relates to women and families of ethnic minority groups. She is currently conducting research on minimum wage policy and the safety net as it applies to women of color in poverty. In addition she is completing a research study on birth outcomes in low-income women of color. Dr. Vohra-Gupta manages the publication of briefs and articles within IUPRA and teaches courses in public policy, race, ethnicity, and culture.

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