Kesicia Dickinson earned a B.S. in criminal justice at Jackson State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. Before joining the political science department at MSU, she worked for a Mississippi-based civic engagement organization where she led numerous campaigns to increase statewide voter participation and create economic development in rural communities. She also created and conducted youth seminars about civil liberties and community organizing in this capacity. Kesicia is a 2018 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Fellow. Her research focuses on race and politics– specifically representation, women of color, and elections. Kesicia plans to pursue a career in academia while remaining active in community engagement and social advocacy. She hopes to create and strengthen existing pipelines that connect persons of color to political science doctoral programs.