Kenya McKinley Cistrunk

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Assistant Professor and Social Work Program Director

Social Work

298 Bowen Hall

PhD, University of Georgia


Bachelor of Social Work, Mississippi State University, 1997
Master of Social Work, The University of Alabama, 2000
Doctor of Philosophy, Adult Education, University of Georgia, 2013

Kenya McKinley Cistrunk is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Program Director.  Prior to teaching, she worked for a number of years serving clients in the juvenile justice system, child protective services, and student services within university life.  Cistrunk is a 1997 graduate of the Mississippi State University Social Work Program, where she earned her B.S.W degree.  In 2000, she earned her M.S.W. degree from The University of Alabama.  Finally, she earned a Ph.D. in adult education from the University of Georgia in 2013. Her research focuses on service provisions for marginalized populations and promoting community engagement. She continually seeks opportunities to expand her knowledge and skills as they relate to understanding the needs of special populations while expanding the knowledge base for social work. Dr. Cistrunk is the co-director of the Mississippi Food Insecurity Project, which is an interdisciplinary research team dedicated to examining food insecurity across the state and working with communities to design strategies to address food insecurity and food access.  She serves as the advisor for the student group, Association of Student Social Workers (A.S.S.W), here at Mississippi State University.  Dr. Cistrunk is the recipient of the 2018 MSU College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award.