Boris E. Ricks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at California State University, Northridge. Dr. Ricks specializes in Urban Politics; State and Local Politics; Racial and Ethnic Politics; Environmental Justice; Public Policy; Political Leadership; Public Administration; and Health Disparities. Professor Ricks is a former Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Politics Department at Pomona College (2004-2006). He is also former Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (2006-2008). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (MA in Political Science), Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Mississippi in and Bachelors of Science (Honors) in Criminal Justice from Mississippi Valley State University. Ricks is an advocate of Civic Engagement and serves in the following capacities: Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), Commissioner; Weingart YMCA, Board of Managers; 100 Black Men Los Angeles, Board of Directors; AD59-CA Assembly District, Delegate; African American Board Leadership Institute, Member; Los Angeles African American Women Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI), Advisor; and etc. Dr. Ricks scholarly research has appeared in the following publications: National Political Science Review; Journal of American Ethnic Studies; Journal of Rhetoric and Public Affairs; and the Encyclopedia of African American Religion and Politics. Not to mention several book chapters, book reviews, monographs and technical reports. Dr. Ricks has been awarded several research grants including the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award, CSUN-RIMI Research Grant, CSBS Summer Research Grant, and etc. Ricks enjoys family, reading, working out, and flag football.