top of page

RJIOK Scholar

Dr. Karlos Hill

Dr. Hill is an Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is also the founding director of the African and African American Studies Distinguished Lecture Series at the university.


Dr. Hill is a frequent commentator on issues of race, equity, and social justice. He has been quoted in Newswise, the Dallas Morning News, Texas Public Radio, and numerous times in local and regional news outlets. His weekly podcast Tapestry: A Conversation About Race and Culture has a global following.


Dr. Hill specializes in the history of lynching and the antilynching 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 book Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory was published by Cambridge University Press in July 2016. 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.


He also authored The Murder of Emmett Till: A Graphic History to be published by Oxford University Press. Emmett Till is the most remembered lynch victim in American history. Till’s murder is often cited for sparking the Civil Rights Movement.

Dr. HIll's new book is A Photographic History of the Tulsa Race Massacre released March 2021.


Dr. Hill has been awarded several prestigious fellowships and grants. Most notably, Dr. Hill was twice awarded the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellowship (Luther College, 2008-2009 and St. Olaf College, 2007-2008) and the prestigious Coca Cola Museum Fellowship in 2001.

Scholar in-Residence Papers 

BLACK VIGILANTISM: THE RISE AND DECLINE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LYNCH MOB ACTIVITY IN THE MISSISSIPPI AND ARKANSAS DELTAS, 1883-1923 Author(s): Karlos K. Hill Source: The Journal of African American History , Vol. 95, No. 1 (Winter 2010), pp. 26-43 Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of Association for the Study of African American Life and History  

Interested in a scholar in Residence Year?

bottom of page