Assistant Professor of English
Kimberly Shanice Love is a storyteller and professor of English at Williams College, where she teaches, studies, and dreams of writing African American literature. She received 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 research 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. Love’s current project, “Mapping a Black Southern Epistemology through Histories of Black Land Possession,” uses oral history, textual analysis, & archival excavation (land deeds and other primary source materials) to document underrecognized histories of Black land possession and legal landownership in the deep American South during the postbellum, reconstruction, and post-reconstruction eras.
Ph.D. University of Virginia, English Language & Literature (2017)
“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
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