Kimberly Hamlin
Kimberly A. Hamlin
is a historian specializing in the history of women, gender, and science in the U.S. In 2017, she received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholar Award to support the writing of her second book, tentatively titled Free Thinker: Helen Hamilton Gardener’s Radical Pursuit of Equality and the Vote, forthcoming from W.W. Norton in 2020. Timed to coincide with the suffrage centennial, Free Thinker reveals the fascinating life story of Helen Hamilton Gardener, a woman with a secret, scandalous past who went on to become the suffragists’ lead negotiator in Washington, the highest-ranking woman in federal government, and a national symbol of female citizenship. Hamlin’s first book, From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women’s Rights in Gilded Age America (University of Chicago Press, 2014) analyzes how women used evolutionary theory for feminist purposes.  Hamlin has also published articles about Darwin and gender, bearded ladies, the Girl Scouts, and the Miss America pageant. Hamlin regularly contributes op-eds to the Washington Post’s Made by History column and speaks to audiences across the country about women’s and gender history. @Professorhamlin

Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

From Eve to Evolution by Kimberly A. Hamlin



Hamlin’s biography of Helen Hamilton Gardener sold at auction to Alane Mason at W.W. Norton, for 2020 publication.

Hamlin on Galentine’s Day and the Political Power of Women’s Friendships

Hamlin on the historical context of the Kavanaugh hearings What Happens When Women Talk to Congress about Sex

Hamlin's Miss America Research Featured in Washington Post photo essay

Hamlin provides historical perspective on the Miss America Pageant's decision to eliminate swimsuits in the Washington Post

Hamlin discusses Miss America Pageant on KPCC's AirTalk

Hamlin provides historical context on age-of-consent laws in Roy Moore and the Revolution to Come

On President's Day 2018, Hamlin proposes that we commemorate the women who have run

Hamlin wins 2017 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics for "Woman Citizen: Helen Hamilton Gardener and Women’s Suffrage in America"

Hamlin receives the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award

Hamlin selected for Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in Ohio speakers series through the Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau

Are Women People? The Equal Rights Amendment Then and Now, Origins, July 2017

From Eve to Evolution metioned in Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection, by Evelleen Richards

Hamlin on Beauty Pageants and American Politics

Listen to Hamlin on the History Talk podcast on Women In American Politics

Hamlin on the History of Women Running for President