Dr. Kimberly Hamlin

Kimberly Hamlin

Associate Professor of History and Global and Intercultural Studies

Affiliate of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Program

American Studies Program
Room 248 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056


  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin
  • MA, University of Texas at Austin
  • BA, Georgetown University

Teaching and Research Interests 

  • U.S. women's/gender history
  • U.S. cultural history
  • History of science

Courses Recently Taught

  • AMS 180 Medicine, Disease and Culture
  • AMS 206 Science and Technology in American Culture
  • AMS/HST 392 Sex and Gender in American Culture
  • AMS 401 Senior Capstone in American Studies
  • HST 670 Graduate Colloquium: Gender and U.S. History-Theory and Practice

Selected Publications

  • “Bathing Suits and Backlash: The First Miss America Pageants, 1921-1927,” There She Is, Miss America: The Politics of Sex, Gender, and Race in America’s Most Famous Pageant, ed. Elwood Watson and Darcy Martin, Palgrave/St. Martin’s, 2004, 27-52
  • “The Birds and the Bees: Darwin’s Evolutionary Approach to Human Sexuality,” Darwin in Atlantic Cultures: Evolutionary Visions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality, ed. Jeannette Eileen Jones and Patrick Sharp, Research in Atlantic Studies Series, ed. William Boelhower, Stephen Fender, and William O'Reilly, Routledge Press, 2009, 53-72
  • "'The Case of a Bearded Woman': Hypertrichosis and the Construction of Gender in the Age of Darwin," American Quarterly 63, December 2011, 955-981.  Winner of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association's Emerging Scholar Award for 2012.  Winner of the Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize, History of Science Society, November 2014.
  • "Sexual Selection and the Economics of Marriage: 'Female Choice' in the Writings of Edward Bellamy and Charlotte Perkins Gilman," in America's Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U.S. Culture, 1859-present, eds. Lydia Fisher and Tina Gianquitto, University of Georgia Press, 2014
  • From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women's Rights in Gilded Age America, University of Chicago Press, 2014

Work in Progress

Dr. Hamlin’s research focuses on the intersections of science, religion, and gender.  She is currently working on a biography of freethinking feminist Helen Hamilton Gardener.  Gardener participated in many key nineteenth-century women's rights debates; played a pivotal role in securing passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote; and donated her brain to science when she died in 1925 to prove that women's brains were not inferior to men's.  Hamlin's book tells the story of first wave feminism through Gardener's eyes.  She received a 2017-18 Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work on this book.