Dr. Karlos K. Hill specializes in the history of lynching and the antilynching movement in America. His core research aim is to uncover the various ways in which racial violence has been central to the black experience in America. Additionally, Dr. Hill’s research explores how black Americans have resisted racial violence and how black resistance has changed over time. His forthcoming book entitled Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory will be published by Cambridge University Press in May 2016. He is also completing a second book entitled The Murder of Emmett Till: A Graphic History to be published by Oxford University Press in 2017. Dr. Hill teaches courses on 20th century African American history which include: the history of lynching and racial violence, sport and the black experience, and the history of hip hop. Dr. Hill has been awarded several prestigious fellowships and grants. Dr. was awarded Texas Tech University’s Creative Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Grant (2012-2013) and Gloria Lyerla Research Travel Grant (2011). Most notable, Dr. Hill was twice awarded the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellowship (Luther College, 2008-2009 and St. Olaf College, 2007-2008). Besides teaching and research, Dr. Hill is heavily involved in the Texas Tech community. In 2012, Dr. Hill founded the African American History Month Lecture Series which brings distinguished African American intellectuals, writers, artists, and dignitaries to Texas Tech University during Black History Month. In the same year, Dr. Hill founded the Narrative Theory Reading Group which as of 2015 has received funding from Texas Tech’s Humanities Center. The Narrative Theory Reading Group brings together a diverse group of faculty and graduate students interested in reading and discussing foundational texts as well as cutting edge interdisciplinary scholarship in narrative theory and criticism. Since 2013, Dr. Hill has served on the President’s Gender Equity Council as Chair of Engagement. Lastly, Dr. Hill is a frequent commentator on issues of race, equity, and social justice. He co-hosts a podcast titled Tapestry: A Conversation About Race and Culture.
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