Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President of the Division of Equity and Inclusion

Yvette Alex-Assensoh

Practice Areas: Political Behavior, Racial and Ethnic Politics, American Politics, Immigration (with an emphasis on West African immigrants)

Yvette Alex-Assensoh is the vice president of the Division of Equity and Inclusion and a professor of political science at the University of Oregon. She is an academic expert in ethnic and racial politics; political behavior; West African immigration; equity; inclusion and diversity in higher education; and scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL). She served as the chair of the American Political Science Association’s Ethics Committee (2012 – 2015), on the Editorial Board of American Politics Review (2003-2015) and is chair of the University of Oregon Black Student Task Force (2015 – present). She is the author/co-author of five books, most recently co-authoring the book Malcolm X and Africa. Her many published articles include “Getting to No” on women of color in the academe published in Inside Higher Education (2017) and “In Tumultuous Times, Colleges Can Do What They Do Best,” in the Chronicle of Higher Education (2016). She is a trained lawyer and registered mediator.

Contact: vpinclusion@uoregon.edu | 541-346-3175


Recent Media:
Guest View: Marching forever, but going nowhere (The Register-Guard, June 7, 2020)
Eugene Black History: moving beyond a month’s celebration (The Register-Guard, Feb. 17, 2019)
Hiring a diversity officer is only the first step. Here are the next 7. (The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 7, 2018)
Flip the script (Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 22, 2018)
Voice of colleges and higher ed experts (University Business, Dec. 13, 2017)
What’s love got to do with it? (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Sept. 7, 2017)
Practicing humility, from the top down (University Business, September 2017)
Getting to no (Inside Higher Education, March 29, 2017)
Don’t call it 'training' (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, February 2017)
University of Oregon plans for a new black cultural center (Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, February 2017)
In tumultuous times, colleges can do what they do best (Chronicle of Higher Education, Commentary, Dec. 4, 2016)
University of Oregon creates a fund to promote diversity (Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, July 2016)
Climate change (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, July 2016)
50 years of access in jeopardy (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, March 15, 2016)
Cross-cultural programs making an impact at UO (Jewish Life, Feb. 26, 2016)
The need for courageous dialogue in admissions (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 24, 2013)
40 years of Title IX: Leadership matters for women in academe (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 18, 2012)