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Professor Kevin Hylton

Professor Kevin Hylton
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Professor Kevin Hylton


Carnegie School Of Sport

0113 81 24711 K.Hylton@leedsbeckett.ac.uk Curriculum Vitae
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About Professor Kevin Hylton

Kevin Hylton is Professor of Equality and Diversity in Sport, Leisure and Education. He is also Head of the Research Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. His research focuses on the nature and extent of 'race', racism and racialisation in sport, leisure and education.

As the first black Professor in over 75 years of Carnegie history, Professor Hylton brings a voice to the sociology of sport and leisure that reflects an intricate engagement with, and commitment to challenge, the endemic issues that mark race relations in the UK. Kevin’s early research focused on race equality in local government and he has completed work for the West Yorkshire Health Authority, Kick it Out, the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Sporting Equals, the Sports Councils, and local authorities. Kevin has worked for over 20 years with national governing organisations and local authorities on issues of equality and diversity.

Kevin has published and reviewed extensively in peer-reviewed journals and high profile book projects in sport, leisure and education. Kevin’s publications include ‘Race’ and Sport: Critical Race Theory (Routledge 2009); Atlantic Crossings: International Dialogues on Critical Race Theory (CSAP/Higher Education Academy); and Sport Development: Policy, Process and Practice (Routledge 2001, 2008, 2013). Kevin is currently writing Contesting ‘Race’ and Sport: Shaming the Colour Line for Routledge.

Kevin is Board Member for the International Review for the Sociology of Sport (IRSS) and the new Journal of Global Sport Management. He is also Chair of the Leeds Beckett Race Equality and Diversity Forum, Patron of the Equality Challenge Unit: Race Equality Charter Mark, and Patron of Black British Academics.

Current Teaching

Kevin currently supervises nine postgraduate researchers:

  1. Ronnie Richards – Youth Culture and Recreational Drug Participation
  2. Viji Kuppan - But we all wear the same shirt don’t we? An intersectional study of disability, ‘race’ ethnicity and gender in the fandom of men’s professional football in England.
  3. Nathan Reid – Research. ‘Race’ and Racism in Football Management (July 2014)
  4. Sharon Colillies (Ed.D) - Playful Pedagogy: Mixed heritage identity formation in the early years (January 2015)
  5. Janine Partington - The role and remit of sport development services in Local Government (October 2015)
  6. Bernadette Saltibus (Ed. D) – ‘Race’ and Pedagogy (October 2016)
  7. Lorraine Agu (PhD) Trans-Racial Adoption (October 2016)
  8. Ericcson T Mapfumo (Ed. D) (October 2016)
  9. Jane Davies (PhD) Changing perceptions and experiences of health and exercise in Muslim women (of Pakistani and Indian heritage) living in the North of England (October 2016)

Research Interests

Professor Kevin Hylton is recognised as the first writer to apply Critical Race Theory (CRT) to European sport and leisure studies. Professor Hylton’s work has emerged at the forefront of developments on Critical Race Theory nationally and internationally. Much of Kevin’s early work became the foundation for the first book (worldwide) on CRT and sport (Hylton, Routledge 2009). This book was groundbreaking because of its critical focus on the challenge to, and pervasiveness of, racism in sport.

Professor of Critical Race Studies in Education at the Institute of Education, and managing editor of highly rated journal Race, Ethnicity and Education, David Gillborn, wrote of Professor Hylton’s book that:

"In this landmark study Kevin Hylton makes a powerful, sophisticated and original contribution to critical scholarship on the racialised dynamics of sport. The book deserves a wide readership, not only within its specialist field but also more generally, because it represents one of the first full-length applications of critical race theory (CRT) in the UK."

Kevin is conducting research at the moment for a follow up monograph for Routledge entitled 'Contesting 'Race' and Sport': Shaming the Colour LIne'

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