Kimberly J. Brown
MLK Visiting Assistant Professor 2017-2018
Kimberly Juanita Brown is an Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at Mount Holyoke College. She is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of feminist theory, literature and visual culture studies (particularly photography). Her research engages: Feminist theories of the Black Diaspora; Contemporary Narrative and Photography; Slavery and the Body in Contemporary Culture; Visual Culture of the Americas; and Cultural Representations of Violence and Memory.
Brown earned a B.A. (magna cum laude, 2000) in English and Africana Studies from Queens College, City University of New York. At Yale University, she earned degrees in American Studies (M.A., 2002); African American Studies (M.A., 2003); African American Studies and American Studies (M.Phil., 2004); Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Certificate, 2006); and African American Studies and American Studies (PhD, 2006). Yale recognized Brown’s dissertation work with a Sylvia Ardyn Boone Prize (Dissertation) and a John Perry Miller Award for Dissertation Research.
In response to the need for collaboration and community among black scholars, Brown founded and continues to organize a group of over 40 faculty members of color from across the nation in a virtual and physical research group called “The Dark Room” to read and discuss the latest research and thought in visual studies and critical race theory.
Brown’s most recent book, The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press), examines slavery’s profound ocular construction and the presence and absence of seeing in relation to the plantation space and the women who exist there. Brown is currently at work on her second book, tentatively titled Their Dead Among Us: Photography, Melancholy, and the Politics of the Visual, which examines images of the dead in The New York Times in 1994 from four geographies: South Africa, Rwanda, Sudan, and Haiti.
Brown, who is fluent in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, is a member of the American Studies Association and the Modern Language Association. She has held visiting appointments and fellowships at Harvard University, Brown University, Northeastern University, the CUNY Graduate Center, Rice University, and Yale University.
At MIT, Brown previously served as an Instructor from 2013 to 2014 in the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Society, where she was also Visiting Scholar from 2015 to 2017.
MIT Women’s & Gender Studies and Literature will host Brown as a 2017-18 MLK Visiting Assistant Professor.