Ravi K. Perry

Immediate Past President; Associate Editor, Ethnic Studies Review
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.  Perry is Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth 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.

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, Perry is currently writing Black Queer Electoral Politics: Introducing America’s Lesbian and Gay Black Politicians.
A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Perry is also an avid grassroots campaign organizer and volunteer, and the former track and field standout is a member of the Executive Council with the Urban Politics Organized Section with the American Political Science Association.

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 LGBTQ+, minority, and HIV and/or AIDS communities, Perry has chronicled his story and the implications of political activism for/of those communities in a host of venues, at various colleges and universities, and in many pulpits nationwide.

Perry is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being recognized as one “50 Hero Citizens” by the Andrew Goodman Foundation, one of Out Magazine’s “Hidden 105” and The Advocate’s “40 Under 40,” and “193 Reasons to Have Pride.”

More about Ravi can be found at http://www.raviperry.com Twitter: @raviperry