Dr. Cryshanna Jackson Leftwich

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Dr. Cryshanna Jackson Leftwich


Humanities & Social Sciences

DeBartolo Hall 426

phone: (330) 941-2114



Dr. Cryshanna A. Jackson Leftwich is a Professor of Public Affairs and Politics at Youngstown State University where she also serves as the Urban Internship Coordinator of the Political Science Program. Her research interests focus on anti-racism, social equity, cultural competence, and gender equality. Dr. Jackson Leftwich currently serves as an Associate Member on the Standing Panel of Social Equity, on the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Mahoning Valley, as a Board Member of Mahoning Valley Historical Society, and on the Ohio Faculty Council

Dr. Jackson Leftwich has published several articles in the Journal of Public Management & Social Policy and has also published two book chapters in edited volumes of academic books. Along with her research interests she has worked on the evaluation of a number of federally funded grants and a program evaluator for the city of Youngstown .

Dr. Jackson Leftwich has been awarded numerous honors and distinctions during her tenure at Youngstown State University including, Distinguished Professor of Service, Distinguished Professor of Teaching, Diva of Distinction for Educational Leadership, YWCA Board Member of the Year Award, and Greater Akron Regional Chamber, 30 for the Future Award Recipient.

She received her Bachelor of Science from Miami University in Health and Sport Studies, her Master of Science degree from West Virginia University in Sport Management and her PhD from the University of Akron in Public Affairs and Urban Studies.

Research Interests

anti-racism, social equity, cultural competence, public policy and gender equality

Teaching Interests

Public Administration, Public Management, American Public Policy and Analysis, Public Budgeting, African American Politics, American Government, Research Methods

  • Education
    • 2006

      Ph D, Urban Studies & Public Affairs

      University of Akron

      Dissertation/Thesis Title — "Measuring the Impact of Title IX for Women of Color: The Case of the University of Akron"

    • 2002

      MS, Sport Management

      West Virginia University

    • 2001

      BS, Health and Sport Studies

      Miami University

  • Awards and Honors
    • 2022


      Deans Dozen’s Outstanding Full Time Faculty Member

    • 2021

      YWCA of Mahoning Valley

      Board Member of the Year

    • 2018

      Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc

      Diva of Distinction for Educational Leadership

    • 2018

      Youngstown State University

      YSU Distinguished Professor of Teaching Award

    • 2015

      Phi Kappa Phi

      Golden Key International Honour Society honorary member

    • 2013

      Youngstown State University

      YSU Distinguished Professor of Service

    • 2012


      Board Member of the Year

    • 2011

      Greater Akron Regional Chamber

      30 for the Future

    • 2009

      Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Psi Omicron/Zeta Gamma Chapters

      Educator of the Year

  • Administrative Assignments
    • 2018 - 2019

      Department Chairperson

    • 2016 - 2021


    • 2007 - present


  • Intellectual Contributions
    • 2023

      "Hair and Career: The Impact of Hair Bias on Women of Color"

      C. Jackson Leftwich, N. Powe, A. Fehlbaum

      IGI Global, p. 126-153

    • 2022

      "How Partisanship in New Media Led to An Insurrection"

      C. Jackson Leftwich, J. Tyus

      Ghana Institute of Journalism Press