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’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 minority politics, 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.
Dr. 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. His third book, The Little Rock Crisis: What Desegregation Politics Says About Us, describes the power of direct and learned memories of the 1957 desegregation crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Currently, Dr. Perry is writing 2 manuscripts that examine (1) the lives, campaigns, and governing efforts of openly-‐LGBT American elected officials of color, and (2) the experiences of James Baldwin at Bowling Green State University.
Dr. Perry is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being recognized as one of the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s 50 “Hero Citizens;” Out Magazine’s “Hidden 105” and The Advocate’s “193 Reasons to Have Pride,” and its 2011 edition of “40 under 40.”