Dr. John A. Kirk is the George W. Donaghey Distinguished Professor of History and director of Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Kirk was born and educated in the United Kingdom, where he taught at the University of Wales and the University of London before moving to UA Little Rock in the summer of 2010 to chair the History Department. After serving five years as department chair, in 2015 Kirk became director of the Anderson Institute. Kirk’s research focuses primarily on the history of the civil rights movement. He has published eight books including the award-winning Redefining the Color Line: Black Activism in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1940-1970 (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002). Kirk’s publications also include Martin Luther King, Jr. (London and New York: Pearson Longman, 2005), Beyond Little Rock: The Origins and Legacies of the Central High Crisis (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2007), and Race and Ethnicity in Arkansas: New Perspectives (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2014). He is currently completing an edited and annotated collection of primary documents The Civil Rights Movement: A Documentary Reader (New York: Wiley, forthcoming 2019). Kirk has published in a wide variety of journals, edited book collections, newspapers, and magazines, and he has held a number of grants and fellowships in both Europe and in the United States, including as Roosevelt Study Centre Fellow (Middleburg, The Netherlands), John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Fellow (Boston), and Rockefeller Archive Center Scholar-in-Residence (New York).
Race and Ethnicity in Arkansas: New Perspectives. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2014.
An edited collection of essays by leading scholars on state history that examines race and ethnic relations in Arkansas from statehood to present.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. London and New York: Routledge, 2013.
An overview of the iconic civil rights leader and the movement he led accompanied by selected illustrative primary documents.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement: Controversies and Debates. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
An edited collection of scholarly work written on Martin Luther King, Jr, and the civil rights movement that frames and illuminates core historiographical issues and concerns.
Beyond Little Rock: The Origins and Legacies of the Central High Crisis. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2007. Foreword by Minnijean Brown Trickey.
A collection of essays on the long civil rights movement in Arkansas with a foreword by one of the Little Rock Nine students who desegregated Little Rock’s Central High School in September 1957.
Redefining the Color Line: Black Activism in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1940-1970. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002.
A study of the long civil rights movement in Arkansas that looks at the people, organizations and events that shaped events before and after the desegregation of Little Rock’s Central High School.