Kimberly Bain is a Ph.D. Candidate in English and the Interdisciplinary Program in Humanistic Study (IHUM). She joined the Department of English at Princeton University in 2015. Prior to joining the department, she earned her B.A. in English and Asian Civilizations and Languages at Amherst College.

Kimberly’s most pressing intellectual interests have consolidated around questions of the history, theory, and philosophy of: diaspora, race, gender, postcolonialism, enslavement, flesh, environmental racism, resistance, embodiment, and subjection and subjecthood. Her dissertation, entitled “On Black Breath: A Theory and Praxis”, takes seriously the charge of “I can’t breathe” and considers breath as more than the mere metaphor—rather, as also a somatic and sociopolitical phenomenon that has resonances across the wake of enslavement to the contemporary moment. At Princeton, Kimberly is affiliated with the American Studies Program and African-American Studies Department.


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