Kevin Trimell Jones, Founder, serves as lead curator for the Black LGBT Archivists Society of Philadelphia. Since his youth, he has had a passion for history and storytelling, and reflecting on family treasures held by his grandmother, Lula B. Hardy (1921-2010). His earliest career ambitions were to become an archaeologist and uncover great and important relics in Egypt–a dream he first shared with others in the third grade at Carrollton Elementary School in Saginaw, MI.
Currently, he works full-time at the University of Pennsylvania. As an ethnographer and behavioral researcher, he examines neighborhoods, bars, bathhouses, “crack houses,” and social and sexual networking websites to better understand the context of “risks” in the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases for various populations. As a qualitative researcher, he has provided data collection and analysis trainings for Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health, various community based organizations and professors and graduate students at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana. His current professional interests focus on the use of media and communication in the social construction of risks, and in the design of clinical trial recruitment strategies and sexual health messages for sexual and gender minority communities.
Kevin is a national trainer with the Gay Men’s Health Leadership Academy, and a founder of the Black Gay Men’s Leadership Council. Between 2008-2010, he served as a Humanities Scholar/Facilitator for Scribe Video Center’s Precious Places Community History Project. He holds a BA from the University of Michigan, and graduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Pennsylvania.