Kendra Gage

Assistant Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies
Affiliate professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies
Co-founder, UNLV Race, Indigeneity, and Freedom Lab
Expertise: U.S. sports history, International women's sports, Olympics, Civil rights movement, Black feminist thought, 20th-century America, American West, Title IX


Kendra Gage is a historian who specializes in topics including international women's and U.S. sports, African American resistance and social movements, 20th-century America, and the U.S. West. She is also well-regarded for her advocacy on teaching educators about implicit bias and anti-racism in the classroom.

After obtaining her Ph.D. in history from UNLV, Gage joined the faculty in 2011 as an assistant professor with the Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies. Her manuscript,  "Creating the Black California Dream: Virna Canson and the Black Freedom Struggle in the Golden State's Capital, 1940-1988," used the life of Virna Canson as lens for incorporating Sacramento's activities within the larger historical framework of the civil rights movement.

Gage is also one of the founders of the Race, Indigeneity, and Freedom Lab, which is an intensive interdisciplinary research lab for the creative study, thinking, and teaching on race, racism, and liberation in the Mountain West and beyond.


  • Ph.D., History, UNLV

Kendra Gage In The News

August 9, 2021
Women's sport is often trivialized and described as less interesting. Women in many disciplines are ignored, compared to male athletes. Many people see a woman in a sportsman, not a competitor. But this year's Tokyo Olympics may be a turning point in the history of women's competitive sport. Athletes from various disciplines objected to the dress code requirements.
August 5, 2021
Handball athletes such as German gymnasts have asked for the freedom to use competition clothing in which to feel more comfortable. But something is really changing.
August 2, 2021
This year’s Olympic Games have brought a number of non-sporting issues to the fore. May it continue.
July 31, 2021
The sports world has always placed restrictions on athletes' clothing.

Articles Featuring Kendra Gage

UNLV nursing student in red shirt reviewing slide sample with peer
Campus News | August 4, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.
flag emblazoned with Tokyo 2020 and Olympic rings
Arts and Culture | July 26, 2021
UNLV sports history expert Kendra Gage’s class on Olympics explores historical, modern collisions between sport and social issues of the time.
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Campus News | August 27, 2020
African American Studies professors say ridding the classroom of racism begins with self-reflection.