Phone: (310)825-5621

Email: mayskyle@g.ucla.edu

Office: 1328 Rolfe Hall

Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies and American Indian Studies

Kyle T. Mays (Black/Saginaw Anishinaabe) is a transdisciplinary scholar and public intellectual of urban history, Indigenous Studies, Afro-Indigenous Studies, and popular culture. He earned his Ph.D. in the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2015. He recently published his first book, Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America(SUNY Press, 2018). He is finishing his second book which analyzes the many processes of Black and Indigenous dispossession and resistance in Detroit from the late 19th century until the Emergency financial management era. He is also working on a new book project tentatively titled, Black Belonging, Indigenous Sovereignty: Black American and Indigenous Histories in Unexpected Places. This book explores how antiblackness and settler colonialism have been central to the United States’ development from the foundations of the United States until the present. It also explores the links between Indigenous sovereignty and Black (American) belonging in U.S. history. 

As a researcher and teacher, Dr. Mays is interested in the links between sovereignty and belonging, the legacies of enslavement and Indigenous dispossession, as well as the meaning of ‘Black Indigeneity’ and its formation in the U.S.

 Ph.D. in the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2015

  • Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America (SUNY series, Native Traces)
  • Indigenous studies
  • Afro-Indigenous studies
  • Indigenous popular culture
  • Critical Ethnic studies
  • Comparative race and ethnicity
  • Urban history