Kimberly A. Hamlin is newest member of the Organization of American Historians

She joins two other Miami historians

Kimberly Hamlin

Kimberly A. Hamlin

Miami University’s Kimberly A. Hamlin is one of 21 new speakers appointed to the Organization of American Historians as a Distinguished Lecturer.

Specializing in women, gender and science in the U.S., Hamlin teaches history and American studies as an associate professor.

“As a speaker, she'll educate and inspire audiences on topics including voting rights, the temperance movement and the Equal Rights Amendment,” said Katherine M. Finley, executive director of the organization.

Her topics include:

  • Helen Hamilton Gardener’s Audacious Pursuit of Equality and the Vote
  • The 19th Amendment: The Fourth Reconstruction Amendment?
  • MeToo, Carry Nation, and Why It’s Time to Revisit the History of the Temperance Movement 
  • Are Women People? A History of the Equal Rights Amendment
  • Women’s History as American History

Miamians Allan Winkler (emeritus) and Steven Conn (history) are also members of the organization’s lectureship program. The program includes about 600 Distinguished Lecturers from the nation’s top universities who share their expertise with audiences across the country.


Hamlin's newest book will be published in March 2020.

Hamlin’s forthcoming book, Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener (2020), reveals the story of the “fallen woman” who changed her name, reinvented herself and became the “most potent factor” in Congressional passage of the 19th Amendment as well as the highest-ranking woman in federal government.

Commemorating the suffrage centennial

Hamlin is involved in local and national suffrage centennial activities including guest editing a special suffrage centennial issue of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Her first book, From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women’s Rights in Gilded Age America (2014), analyzes the U.S. reception of Darwin in terms of gender and provides the first full-length study of women’s responses to evolutionary theory.

Hamlin has received several accolades including:

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award.
  • The Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics.
  • The Margaret Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize (from the History of Science Society).
  • The Emerging Scholar Award from the Nineteenth Century Studies Association.
Distinguished Lecturers agree to donate their speaking fees to the Organization of American Historians, and their work in the field is an essential component of the organization’s mission to promote excellence in the scholarship, teaching and presentation of American history.