Kia is the vice provost for faculty affairs and diversity, a professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies and the Dean’s Distinguished Professorial Scholar in Arts & Sciences. Kia’s administrative duties include consulting and collaborating with the school deans and other WashU school leaders to strengthen policies, procedures and processes that enable faculty success throughout their careers across the university. She advises the provost and other WashU leaders on faculty matters regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. As a faculty member, Kia’s research focuses on race, gender, Black feminism, health policy and HIV/AIDS in Brazil and the U.S. Her current research focuses on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Black communities in the U.S. and Brazil and how Black women have reenvisioned democracy and human rights through activism and office holding across the Americas.