Office: 1328 Rolfe Hall
Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies and American Indian Studies
Ph.D. in the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2015
Mays, K. An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States (Boston: Beacon Press), ReVisioning American History, (Expected 2021).
Mays, K. The City of Dispossessions: Africa Americans, Indigenous People, and the Making of Modern Detroit (University of Pennsylvania Press, expected, 2021).
2018 Mays, K. Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America (Albany: SUNY Press, 2018); “Native Traces” Series, edited by Jace Weaver & Scott Richard Lyons. Finalist, “Best First Book Prize” for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (2019)
2020 Rice, AJ & Mays, K., “The Boondocks, Black History, and Black Lives Matter: Or, Why Black Popular Culture Matters for Black Millennials.” Popular Culture Studies Journal, vol. 8(2): 49-67.
2019 Mays, K. “Decolonial Hip Hop: Indigenous Hip Hop and Disrupting Settler Colonialism.” Cultural Studies, Vol. 33(3): 460-479.
2016 Mays, K. “Pontiac’s Ghost in the Motor City: Indigeneity and the Discursive Construction of Modern Detroit.” The Middle West Review, 2(02): 115-142.
2016 Mays, K. “Promoting Sovereignty, Rapping Mshki (Medicine): A Critical Anishinaabe Reading of Rapper Tall Paul’s ‘Prayers in a Song.’” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 22(02): 195-209.
2013 Mays, K. “Transnational Progressivism: African Americans, Native Americans, and the Universal Races Congress of 1911.” American Indian Quarterly 37(4): 244-261.
2021 Mays, K. “Blackness and Indigeneity.” In Keisha Blain and Ibram Kendi’s (eds.), 400 Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 (New York: Random House).
Mays, K. “Black Liberation and Indigenous Erasure: Black Belonging on Turtle Island from Black Power to Black Lives Matter.” In Emilio del Valle Escalante, Localizing
Decoloniality in Global Indigenous Studies (Durham: Duke University Press). (In press, expected 2020).
2018 Mays, K. & Whalen, K. “Decolonizing Indigenous Education in the Postwar City: NativeWomen’s Activism from Southern California to the Motor City.” In Linda Smith, Eve Tuck, & K. Wayne Yang, Indigenous and Decolonization Studies in Education (Routledge: 116-130).
2014 Mays, K. “Humanities and Sciences at Work: Liberatory Education for Millennials.” In Burton, A., Winkelmes, M.A., & Mays, K. (eds.). An Illinois Sampler: Teaching and Research on the Prairie. Urbana: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: 119-122.
- Indigenous studies
- Afro-Indigenous studies
- Indigenous popular culture
- Critical Ethnic studies
- Comparative race and ethnicity
- Urban history