Kimberly HamlinKimberly A. Hamlin grew up outside of Syracuse, New York, not far from the historical homes of many of the women she writes about today.  After completing her degree in American Studies at Georgetown University, she worked for U.S. Senator Susan Collins (Maine) for four years, first on her successful campaign for Senate and then in her D.C. office.  In 2000, Hamlin left Washington to pursue a PhD in American Studies at the University of Texas in Austin.  While in graduate school, she was the assistant director of the Austin Women’s Commemorative Project and taught classes on U.S. women’s history and feminist rhetoric.  Hamlin wrote her master’s thesis on the origins of the Girl Scouts in the U.S. and served as historical consultant on the PBS film “Troop 1500,” which chronicles an Austin-area Girl Scout troop whose mothers are incarcerated.  Hamlin’s PhD dissertation was a finalist for two national awards: the Organization of American Historians Lerner-Scott Prize for the Best Dissertation in U.S. Women’s History and the American Studies Association’s Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for the Best Dissertation.

In 2007, Hamlin joined the faculty in American Studies and History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she now directs the Program in American Studies and co-chairs the University’s Gender, Science, and Technology Working Group.  At Miami, she teaches classes on “Sex and Gender in American Culture,” “Science and Technology in American Culture,” “Medicine, Disease, and Culture,” as well as other introductory and upper-level courses in American Studies.  She regularly advises history graduate students on U.S. women’s and gender history projects.  At Miami University, she was selected as an Altman Faculty Scholar (2012-2013) and as the recipient of the 2011 Sigma Alpha Pi Excellence in Teaching Award.  Hamlin’s research has been supported by fellowships from the Huntington Library, the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, P.E.O. International, and Duke University, among other organizations and institutions.   In 2012, she earned the Emerging Scholar Award from the Nineteenth Century Studies Association for her article “’The Case of a Bearded Woman’: Hypertrichosis and the Construction of Gender in the Age of Darwin” (American Quarterly, December 2011).  She is also the co-founder and past chair of the American Studies Association’s Science and Technology Caucus.  Hamlin lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati, Ohio and is currently working on a biography of Helen Hamilton Gardener, the freethinking feminist who donated her brain to science to prove that women’s brains were not inferior to men’s.