Kenneth Ralph Kincaid, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Kenneth Kincaid


Kenneth Kincaid is a history supervisor of social studies. He is also a member of the history graduate committee, faculty advisor to Phi Alpha Theta and member of the Center for Global Studies.

Research Overview

Kincaid’s research areas focus on environmental and ethnographical topics relating to Latin America, specifically Ecuador and Peru. He has also published on immigration as well as Latinx communities in the United States.

Three interesting fun facts about me. First, I once won a jalapeño eating competition in Kansas City and with that two-round trip tickets to San Antonio; second, I tried out for the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher (I did not get a call back); and third, I met 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchu at a party in Lawrence, Kansas.

Select Publications

  • Kincaid, Kenneth. “The Hotel Casino Project That Put Ecuador’s Tourism Hopes on Pause.”
  • In Critical Tourism Histories in Latin America and the Caribbean, edited by Andrew Wood.
  • Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska, 2020. Kincaid, Kenneth. “Eucalypts in Northern Ecuador: Taking Ecological Imperialism to New Heights.”
  • In Indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorians Facing the Twenty-First Century, edited by Marc Becker.
  • Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. Kincaid, Kenneth. “Sacred Sites in the Indigenous World,” “Media and Indigenous Peoples,” “Reemerging Peoples,” “Indigenous Social Customs,” and “Poverty.”
  • In Native Peoples of the World, edited by Steven L. Danver. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2012.

Teaching Focus

Kincaid’s classes focus on making the global local. He tries to get his students to think of themselves as global citizens and to recognize that they have a global past and future. He also encourages his students to take the tools that they have learned in classes to be their family’s or community’s historians. He believes in experiential learning and has developed four study abroad programs to Peru and Cuba.

Previous Roles

  • PNW Chair of Grade Appeals, 2017-2019
  • PNW Office of Global Engagement Faculty Advisory Board, 2017
  • PNW Creating a Culture of Inclusion Team (formerly Multicultural Council), 2016
Kenneth Kincaid


(219) 989-5244

Office Location:

Hammond, CLO 246


  • Ph.D. – History, University of Kansas

Areas of Expertise

  • Latin American Studies
  • Environmental History Race
  • Ethnicity Global History

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • 2019 – 2018, PNW Founders Day Award for Outstanding Engagement
  • 2018-19, ACUE Fellow
  • 2018, Digital Learning Faculty Certificate Program
  • 2015, Purdue Library Scholars Grant