Kimberly Hamlin

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photo of Kimberly Hamlin120 MacMillan Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-5978


Associate Professor
History; Global and Intercultural Studies (American Studies)


PhD, University of Texas
MA, University of Texas
BA, Georgetown University


Dr. Hamlin's teaching and research focuses on the intersections of gender, culture, and science in the U.S.


Kimbely Hamlin's book, From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women's Rights in Gilded Age America (University of Chicago Press, 2014) is the first monograph to chart women's responses to evolutionary theory and to analyze the U.S. reception of Darwin through the lens of gender. She has published articles on Darwin and sexology, responses to Darwin in utopian fiction, the gendered reception of Darwin, gender in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and the origins of the Miss America Pageant.

Her article "'The Case of a Bearded Woman': Hypertrichosis and the Construction of Gender in the Age of Darwin" (American Quarterly, 2011) earned the 2014 Margaret Rossiter Prize for outstanding research on women in science from the History of Science Society and the 2012 Emerging Scholar Award from the Nineteenth Century Studies Society.

Dr. Hamlin's current project, Sex, Science, and Suffrage, tells the story of first wave feminism through the eyes of Helen Hamilton Gardener, a leading suffragist who donated her brain to science in 1925 to prove the intellectual equality of women.

Hamlin has also been involved in several public history projects including serving as historical consultant on the PBS documentary "Troop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars," as a research assistant on the Ken Burns series about the National Parks, and she currently serves as historical consultant to the NSF-funded Bearded Lady Project.

Hamlin co-chairs the History of Science Society's Women’s Caucus and is past chair of the American Studies Association's Science and Technology Caucus, which she co-founded in 2006. Hamlin has held research fellowships at the Huntington Library, the Schlesinger Library at Harvard, the Sophia Smith Collection, Duke University, and the Countway Library at Harvard Medical School, among other institutions. Her dissertation (University of Texas, 2007) was a finalist for the Organization of American Historians' Lerner-Scott Prize and the American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize (2008).

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