Dr. Kimberly Hamlin


Professor of History and Global and Intercultural Studies

Affiliate of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Program

Room 248 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
Office Hours Fall 2022: M 1:00-4:0pm or by appointment


  • 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

  • HST 236 Medicine and Disease in Modern Society
  • AMS 206 Science and Technology in American Culture
  • AMS/HST/WGS 382 Women in American History
  • AMS/HST/WGS 392 Sex and Gender in American Culture
  • AMS/HST/WGS 350 #MeToo: A Cultural History
  • HST 670 Graduate Colloquium: Gender and Sex in U.S. History

Selected Publications

  • Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener, W.W. Norton, 2020
  • Guest Editor (with Cathleen Cahill and Cystal Feimster), Suffrage Centennial Special Issue, Journal of the Filded Age and Progressive Era, July 2020
  • "Gender," invited chapter, in A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, eds. Christopher McKinney Nicholas and Nancy C. Unger, Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History Series, 2017, p. 87-101
  • From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women's Rights in Gilded Age America, University of Chicago Press, 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
  • "'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.
  • “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
  • “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

Work in Progress

Dr. Hamlin’s research focuses on the histories of women’s rights, women’s political activism, and the cultural construction of ideas about gender and sex. Her next book project will provide a new history of the temperance movement, centering sex and sexually transmitted disease.She is also working on a longer project about syphilis in the nineteenth century. Dr. Hamlin frequently contributes to the Washington Post and other popular media. She is also a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.