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

Black Perspectives
Our article tracks the brief but rich history of racial segregation in gaming and how this was shaped by the emergence of Jim Crow practices in casino policies and overt discrimination in hiring.
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.
La Ventisettesima Ora
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.
Sunday Times Daily
This year’s Olympic Games have brought a number of non-sporting issues to the fore. May it continue.

Articles Featuring Kendra Gage

a UNLV football helmet placed on the turf with an Allegiant Stadium sign and empty bleachers visible in the background
Campus News | January 31, 2024

As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

U.N.L.V. 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.