As a public scholar active in the fields of communication studies and Africology, Kevin J. Hales examines the lives of everyday African-descended people around the world. Hales studies ethnicity (“race”), diversity, inclusion, equity, social justice, conflict, and communication across cultures. Dr. Hales has earned a litany of prestigious research and teaching awards throughout his career. Hales has received research funding from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Newberry Library, University of Tennessee-Knoxville/Marco Institute and Center for Renaissance Studies, J. William Fulbright Scholar Program, Fulbright-Hayes Program, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), United States Department of State/Bureau of African Affairs, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, Ohio University/Scripps College of Communication, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, among other institutions and programs. As a firm believer in fostering research projects that include collaborations with traditional intellectuals in marginalized communities, Hales has research partnerships with local scholars working among the Efik, Efut, Qua, and Igbo (Nigeria and Cameroon); Garifuna (Honduras and Belize); and Gullah/Geechee (South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida). In addition, Hales is also working with researchers in Brazil, Italy, and Sierre Leone.
- Dr. Hales has given lectures as a visiting scholar and researcher at several universities abroad. These include the University of Makeni (Sierra Leone), University of Oran 2 (Algeria), and Imo State University (Nigeria).
- Dr. Hales attended Ohio University (Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication Studies), North Carolina Central University (M.A. in History), and Fisk University (B.A. in History, Religion, and Philosophy).