Institute of Urban Policy
Institute of Urban Policy

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.

Professor of Educational Psychology and African and African Diaspora Studies

Director, Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA)