Experts

Kevin K. Gaines

Fast Facts

  • Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice at the University of Virginia
  • Past president of the American Studies Association
  • Expertise on African American history, art, music, literature, and culture

Areas Of Expertise

  • Domestic Affairs
  • Human Rights and Civil Rights
  • Law and Justice
  • Media and the Press
  • Race and Racism
  • Social Issues
  • Politics

Kevin K. Gaines is the Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice at the University of Virginia. He received his BA degree from Harvard University and his PhD degree from Brown University in the Department of American Civilization. He is author of Uplifting the Race: Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture in the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 1996), which was awarded the John Hope Franklin book prize of the American Studies Association. His book American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era (UNC Press, 2006) was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. 

Gaines is a past president of the American Studies Association (2009-10). While at the University of Michigan, he was the director of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies from 2005-2010.  

From 1987 to 1991, he was jazz director at WBRU-FM in Providence, Rhode Island and on-air host of jazz, blues, and reggae programs. He was a member of the advisory board of the Detroit Jazz Festival from 2012 to 2018.

Gaines is currently working on three books: one entitled The African American Journey: A Global History (forthcoming, Oxford University Press); an intellectual biography of the African American social science scholar and activist St. Clair Drake; and the third, tentatively titled, Problems and Projects of Integration. His essays, columns, and reviews on African American history, art, music, literature, and culture have been published in major newspapers, journals, and magazines, including The New York Times, Ebony, Truthout, American Quarterly, American Historical Review, Journal of American History, American Literary History, Small Axe, and Radical History Review. He has lectured at universities throughout the U.S. as well as internationally in Japan, Korea, England, France, Ghana, South Africa, and Australia.

Kevin K. Gaines News Feed

Senior Fellow Kevin Gaines discusses migrants and security at the U.S. border
Kevin K. Gaines Forum Headlines
Sheldon Neil speaks with Kevin Gaines, Senior Fellow at the Miller Center on inequality on sets across the United States.
Kevin K. Gaines The News Forum
The members of the Naming and Memorials Committee include Kevin Gaines, Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice and professor of history and African American and African studies, and Miller Center senior fellow.
Kevin Gaines UVA Today
The Miller Center contributed to the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s annual two-week community celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday with a virtual discussion entitled “Race Relations and Criminal Justice in the New Year.” Kevin Gaines, African American and African Studies professor, was joined by Paul Butler, Georgetown University law professor and legal analyst on MSNBC, to discuss the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection and criminal justice reform.
Kevin Gaines The Cavalier Daily
Following a year of intense activism sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement, this moderated conversation will discuss the future of race relations and criminal justice reform in America under the incoming Biden administration. Featured speakers include Kevin Gaines, the Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice at the University of Virginia and a Miller Center senior fellow, and Paul Butler, the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center and a legal analyst on MSNBC.
Kevin Gaines Miller Center Presents
Kevin Gaines, Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice in the Woodson Institute, discussed statistics on voter demographics. Gaines quoted polls saying 72 percent of voters who looked for characteristics of a “strong leader” in a candidate voted for Trump.
Kevin Gaines The Cavalier Daily