Kevin J. Hales

Kevin Hales was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He is a proud graduate of historic Fisk University, where he majored in history, religion and philosophy. His MA, in history, was earned at North Carolina Central University, with a concentration on British Colonial West Africa (the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria).

He has enjoyed two stints in Fulbright programs conducting research in both West and southern Africa. Kevin has taught at the two-year and four-year level. He has been a Visiting Researcher at the University of Michigan and a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University. In 2005, Kevin was selected as the NISOD Teaching Excellence Professor by the University of Texas at Austin. Kevin was also selected as an NEH/Johns Hopkins University Summer Fellow in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala to research comparative Olmec and African indigenous writing-systems for 2011.

Researching the culture and lives of African-descended people is his passion. Currently, his research interests include: Lowcountry Gullah and Geechee culture, epigraphy and semiotics in West Africa and Black representations in Western media.