Institute of Urban Policy



Utilizing a racial equity framework, we strengthen Black communities, promote social justice, and combat anti-Black racism through diffusing interdisciplinary research and identifying intersectional policy solutions.


To become the major policy research organization that identifies, proposes, and measures solutions to social justice problems that disproportionately affect populations of color and their communities.


The Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) was developed in 2011 through the collaborative efforts of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, the John Warfield Center for African and African-American Studies, and the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Development of IUPRA was seen as an important method for understanding the impact of public policies on African Americans and other communities of color throughout the Diaspora. Conducting critical policy analyses of existing and proposed legislation was seen as a means of developing advocacy oriented data about the causes, content, and consequences of public policy by race, ethnicity, class, language, sexual orientation, gender, history, and culture. The diverse products IUPRA generates are designed to meet the needs of local, national, and international audiences, including organizations, communities of color, legislatures, scholars, and the general public.

Director's Statement

Thank you for visiting the website of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA). We are a non-partisan organization committed to applying empirical data to inform legislative policies that affect the quality of life of populations of color. Many of our projects focus on populations in the United States while some examine similar populations throughout the Diaspora. The Institute’s mission is based on our understanding of the critical role that public policy has historically and currently plays in determining the distribution of resources and opportunities by race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, language, sexual orientation, and region. Our staff and graduate students use a variety of research tools and approaches to assess existing and proposed policies in areas such as physical and mental health, education, criminal justice, social welfare, and economics.

IUPRA was developed in 2011 and is one of the three units that comprise Black Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. The two other units are the African and African Diaspora Studies Department and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. Together these 3 units form a unique approach to university education, research, and cultural programming within the College of Liberal Arts. The effort to infuse public policy analysis within this 3 part framework is unique, innovative and exciting. IUPRA’s focus on quantitative approaches to policy analysis adds an applied sciences base to scholarship within Black Studies.

We look forward to garnering your support of our work as we serve the university, local communities, the city of Austin, the state of Texas, and national constituencies. What starts here changes the world!


Kevin Cokley, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis
Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professor for Educational Research and Development
UT System Distinguished Teaching Professor
Professor of Educational Psychology and African and African Diaspora Studies      

  • Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis

    University of Texas at Austin
    210 W. 24th Street
    Mailcode E3600
    Austin, Texas, 78712