Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Karlos K. Hill specializes in the history of lynching and the anti-lynching 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. To learn more about Dr. Hill and his podcast, see his LinkedIn profile.
Beyond the Rope is an interdisciplinary study that draws on narrative theory and cultural studies methodologies to trace African Americans’ changing attitudes and relationships to lynching over the twentieth century. Whereas African Americans are typically framed as victims of white lynch mob violence in both scholarly and public discourses, Karlos K. Hill reveals that in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, African Americans lynched other African Americans in response to alleged criminality, and twentieth-century black writers envisaged African American lynch victims as exemplars of heroic manhood. Beyond the Rope illuminates the submerged histories of black vigilantism and black-authored narratives of the lynched black body in order to demonstrate that rather than being static and one-dimensional, African American attitudes toward lynching and the lynched black evolved in response to changing social and political contexts. To learn more visit Cambridge University Press.