Core Faculty

Kwame Holmes

Kwame Holmes

Assistant Professor

On leave 2014-15 academic year

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Ethnic Studies
339 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0339


Curriculum vitae


B.A., Florida A&M University – American History/African American Studies, Magna Cum Laude

PhD., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - American History


African American history, Queer History, Urban history/studies, Modern U.S. History. 


Kwame Holmes is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Holmes earned his PhD in Modern American History, with minor fields in African American and Comparative Gender studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His research engages the intersection of race, sexuality, class identities and politics within the history of the modern city.  He is currently completing a book manuscript on the production of black and gay Identities, politics and geographies in Washington, D.C. Entitled "Chocolate to Rainbow City: Branding Black and Gay in the District of Columbia, 1953-1982.  My book project is particularly interested in offering a historicization of the cultural economy of contemporary gentrification and urban displacement.  Prior to joining the faculty at CU-Boulder, Holmes was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American studies.