Dr Joy Kinard, PhD

Joy G. Kinard, Ph.D., Superintendent – Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
Kinard holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and sociology from Livingstone College and a Master of Arts degree in history and Ph.D. in U.S. history with a minor in public history and Caribbean studies from Howard University. She has also studied race relations abroad in Canada, England and France.

Kinard’s 20-year NPS career reflects an abiding interest in the preservation and advancement of stories pertinent to African American and American heritage. She is the Superintendent of the Central Alabama Civil Rights Sites which includes the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, and the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. Kinard has held multiple leadership roles, including her recent 5-year tenure as the first superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument;  4 years as National Capital Parks-East Central District Manager, where she managed the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, National Archives for Black Women’s History, and Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, Langston Golf Course, James Creek Marina, and Buzzard Point Marina all parts of Anacostia Park; Her portfolio has also included Fort Washington Park and Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm, in addition to assignments as Acting Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Cultural Resource Manager at the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. She also served as a park ranger at various sites in Virginia and Maryland, educating visitors on the stories of prominent figures in American history, including George Washington, Frederick Douglass and Robert E. Lee. A scholar of African-American history and culture, Kinard contributed to the seminal African American National Biography Encyclopedia and published her first book, The Man, The Movement, The Museum: The Journey of John R. Kinard as the First African American Director of a Smithsonian Institution Museum in tribute to her father in 2017. She taught African American History, U.S. History to 1877 and other courses as an adjunct professor for seven years with the University of the District of Columbia’s Department of History and in 2013 was lead curator of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Celebrating a Century of Sisterhood, Scholarship & Service commemorative exhibition. Kinard has served on a variety of boards, coalitions, and committees and has been given recognition and awards from various nonprofits and educational institutions for her contributions.