Kimberly Bain is an English Ph.D. student at Princeton University. Her work focuses on the literatures and cultures of the Global South and transnational American literature, with particular focus on the Caribbean, Hong Kong, and India. More broadly, her interests have consolidated around questions of diaspora, structural power, resistance, embodiment, trauma, and subjectivity as a character and as a reader in narratives of postcolonialism and enslavement, with frequent forays into media studies, digital humanities, and fiction. Some of her past work includes exploring representations of sexual assault in contemporary media, studying the sociocultural markers (or lack thereof) of a postcolonial consciousness in Hong Kong, tracing the spread of the Xiyou Ji throughout the West, and problematizing representations of race, gender, and sexuality in video games.
Currently, Bain is working at the intersection of the islands of Trinidad and Hong Kong; in particular, she focuses on the movement of women across the “black waters” in the 19th through 21st centuries. She looks at how these migrations helped shaped the later postcolonial consciousness (and literature) that rose out of both spaces in the 60s and 90s respectively. Her fiction also deals with similar issues; her current project, Shards of Ghosts, explores ideas of memory, inter-generational trauma, cultures of disappearance, and shared consciousness in post-colonial spaces, specifically Trinidad, China, and India.