Institute of Urban Policy

Dr. Kevin Cokley Delivered A Plenary Address on the “Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism”

Thu, September 17, 2015
Dr. Kevin Cokley Delivered A Plenary Address on the “Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism”

Kevin O. Cokley, PhD, is director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis and professor of educational psychology and African and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Cokley’s research and teaching can be broadly categorized in the area of African American psychology. His research has focused on the construction of racial and ethnic identities and examining how psychological and environmental factors impact African American student achievement. Dr. Cokley has published over 50 articles and book chapters. His book, The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism: A True Psychology of African American Students, challenges the dominant narrative that African American students do not value school by examining themes that include Black identity, acting White, hurdles that result in academic difficulties, and sources of academic motivation. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Psychology and an APA fellow.

Session description: This session presents empirical research to illustrate a strengths-based approach to understanding African American student achievement, which in turn exposes the myth of Black anti-intellectualism.

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