Director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies and Professor of History at the University of Michigan
Kevin Gaines studies US and African American intellectual and cultural history; race and gender politics in post-World War II America; African American cultural production; and the global dimensions of U.S. struggles over the meaning of citizenship
He has written American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates in the Civil Rights Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2006) and Uplifting the Race: Black Leadership, Politics and Culture During the Twentieth Century (UNC Press, 1996).
Gaines is a winner of the John Hope Franklin Book Prize of the American Studies Association and was elected President of the American Studies Association in 2008.
We caught up with Professor Gaines during his visit to the US Studies Centre.