Core Faculty

Kwame Holmes

Kwame Holmes

Assistant Professor

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


Curriculum vitae


PhD., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - American History, 2011
B.A., Florida A&M University - American History/African American Studies, 2003


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 the author of “What’s The T: Gossip and the Production of Black Gay Social History” which will appear in Radical History Review’s special issue on Queering Archives in Spring 2015. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Professor Holmes is postdoctoral fellow at the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy at Carnegie Mellon University where he is completing his book manuscript, Chocolate to Rainbow City: Liberalism and Displacement in the Nation’s Capital, 1957-1999. Chocolate to Rainbow City narrates how the racial, gender and sexual diversification of the middle class in the wake of the civil rights, women’s and gay liberation struggles in the Washington Metropolitan Area, one of the most progressive in the nation, foreclosed the possibility that “Chocolate City” could belong to the city’s working class black majority by the end of the 20th century.