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Kenya Davis-Hayes, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Office Phone: (951) 343-4370
Office Location: The Point 121
Office Hours: By appointment

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. American Studies, History Purdue University 2005
M.Ed. Social Studies Education Campbell University 2000
B.A. American History Campbell University 1998
  • Courses Taught

    History of the United States to Reconstruction
    History of the United States since the Civil War
    Diplomatic History of the United States
    Colonial America
    The Emergence of Modern America
    Modern America
    Minorities in America
    Cinema in American History
    Women in American History
    Historiography & Historical Methods

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    American Education History (1880–1930)
    Theories of Race, Class and Gender in American Society
    History of Women and Image in the 20th Century

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    Purdue University (Fall 2000–2005): Teaching Assistant, Department of Curriculum and Instruction: Multicultural Education; Teaching Assistant, Department of History: US History to Reconstruction, US History Since Reconstruction, History of the American West, Native American History

    Campbell University (Summers 2001–2004): Visiting Professor North Carolina History, US History to Reconstruction, US History Since Reconstruction

    Chinese Academic Social Sciences (Summer 2003): Visiting Professor History of American Progressive Politics

    Johns Hopkins University (Summer 2008): Visiting Faculty for the National Equity Center

    Excelsior College (Spring 2012–Present): Online Faculty African American History, Civil War History, History of Women in America

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Academic Presentations:
    Davis-Hayes, K. (January, 2012). “Meeting the Freedom’s Sisters a Historical Reenactment.” Museum of Tolerance.

    Davis-Hayes, K. (November, 2011). “Women’s Body Image and 20th Century Fads and Fashions.” Women’s Empowerment Foundation.

    Davis-Hayes, K. (March, 2010). “Sittin’ Pretty, Talkin’ Hair: Exploring the History and Politic of African-American Women’s Hair.” Cal State San Bernardino.

    Davis-Hayes, K. (February, 2008). “Sittin’ Pretty, Talkin’ Hair: Exploring the History and Politic of African-American Women’s Hair.” Westmont College.

    Davis-Hayes, K. (November 2007) The Geopolitical Future of Rwanda. Corona Rotary Club.

    Davis-Hayes, K. (August 2006) Rwanda: Exploring its Marred Past and its Promising Future. University of Riverside.

    Davis-Hayes, K. (April 2008). “Partisan Politics and Its Role in African American Identity Construction.” Calvin College Faith and Politics Conference.

    Davis-Hayes, K. (April 2007). “’And you will be my witnesses…in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.’” Southern Baptist Excursions Abroad and their Role in American Identity Construction.” Purdue University American Studies Symposium.

    Davis-Hayes, K. (March 2006). Conquering the Imagined Other: Africanized Caricatures, American Imperialism and the Political Cartoon. Indiana Association of Historians.

    Davis-Hayes, K. (March 2005). Lessons of Place: The Creation of Racial Identity in Chicago's Suburbs (1890-1915). American Studies Symposium. Purdue University

    Davis- Hayes, K. (February 2003). Black Woman's Studies and the Academy Symposium. Purdue University.

    Davis- Hayes, K. (February 2003). (Roundtable Discussion Leader) Black Woman's Studies and the Academy Symposium. Purdue University.

    Davis- Hayes, K. (December 2001). Sittin' Pretty, Talkin' Hair: A Historical Look at Black Women and the Aesthetics of Hair. Black Cultural Center. Purdue University.

    Davis- Hayes, K. (March, 2001). Cradled Protest: The Role of Children in the Civil Rights Movement. Association of African American Studies. University of Kentucky, Lexington.

    Invited Lectures:
    Davis- Hayes, K. (October 2004) Racial and Gendered Constructions in Popular Culture and Consciousness. Lecturer. Purdue University, School of Education.

    Davis- Hayes, K. (March 2004) Media Literacy: What Society Teaches Us about Who We Are. Lecturer. Purdue University, Department of English.

    Davis- Hayes, K. (July 2003) What's in a Name?: The History and Politics of Naming in American Society. City of South Gate, South Gate, CA.

    Davis- Hayes, K. (November 2002) Working West: The Travelcraft Culture of Black Westerners in the Late Nineteenth Century. Lecturer. Purdue University.

    Davis- Hayes, K. (April 2001). "The People Could Fly," An African Narrative. Black Cultural Center. Purdue University.

    Davis-Hayes. "Lessons of Place: Creation of Segregation in Hyde Park, IL, 1880–1920" in Race and Urban Communities, ed. Teresa Booker (Akron: University of Akron, 2013).

    Davis-Hayes. "Uncovering the Hidden Treasures of LAUSD Archives," KCET's ArtBound (Feb. 2013).

    Davis-Hayes. “Welcome to the US Pavilion: We’re Here to Disappoint,” Center for Public Diplomacy Blog, University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communications.

    Davis-Hayes. “The Fashion Diplomacy of the Kennedy Administration” in USC Annenberg School of Communication Public Diplomacy Playbook. (Completed and Published).

    Davis-Hayes, K. “History of the United Negro College Fund” Encyclopedia of African American History and Culture, Oxford University Press, 2009.

    Davis-Hayes, K. “Elect Noble Leaders” Press Enterprise, July 1, 2007

    Books Reviewed:
    Davis-Hayes. "Imaging the Black Renaissance: A Bibliographic Review Essay," Journal of American Ethnic History, Winter 2014.

    Davis-Hayes. The Challenge for Africa by Wangari Mathaai, Public Diplomacy Magazine, Summer 2009.

    Davis-Hayes. Race Relations: A Critique by Stephen Steinberg, Journal of American Ethnic History, Vol. 29 No. 1 Fall, 2009.

    Davis-Hayes, Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South by Peter Ascoli, Journal of Southern History, Vol. 74, 2008.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Mosaic Church, Hollywood, CA
    Community Book Group attendee
    Union Rescue Mission food service attendant

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Appointee to the California Council for the Humanities
    (Aug. 2007–present)
    Women's Empowerment Foundation Founding Boardmember (2009–present)
    International Visitor's Council Los Angeles--Young Professionals Boardmember (2013–present)
    Circle City Corona Kiwanis Member (2006–present)
    Campaign Staff, Assemblyman John Benoit for State Senate (2007–2008)
    California Baptist University, College Republicans Advisor (2007–2010)
    California Baptist University, Faculty Senator (2006–2007)
    California Baptist University, Disciplinary Honors Program Committee (2006–2007)
    California Baptist University, International Service Project Faculty Leader, Rwanda (May 2006/ May 2007/June 2011)

  • Interests & Hobbies

    International Women's Issues
    Television and Film History
    Fashion History
    Global Travel and Efficient Ways of Packing

  • Personal Philosophy

    "Be joyful always, pray continuously, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5: 16–18