Assistant Professor of English
Kimberly S. Love is a storyteller, tree-enthusiast, and Professor of English at Williams College. Her current research discovers and maps under-recognized histories of Black land possession and land ownership in the deep American South from the postbellum era to the present. Using oral histories, community narratives, and land deeds, Love’s work uncovers Black and southern ways of knowing that evolve in relationship with land and ground.
She earned her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, where she completed a dissertation that analyzed literature by and about Black women from the antebellum era to the 1960s Black feminist era. Love’s manuscript examines shame as a matrilineal inheritance and injury of partus sequiter ventrum, the legal doctrine that the condition of the child follows the slave status of the mother. An article from this research, “‘Too Shame to Look’: Learning to Trust Mirrors and Healing the Lived Experience of Shame in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple” appears in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Connect with her on Twitter @Plumn3lly and Instagram at Plumnelly_Project .
Ph.D. University of Virginia, English Language & Literature (2017)
“Wooded Reflections; Route I,” The Auburn Avenue
“‘Too Shame to Look’: Learning to Trust Mirrors and Healing the Lived Experience of Shame in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple,“Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy