Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

Kimberly Hill

Assistant Professor

Areas of Specialization:  Race History and Theory, Protestant History in the United States, African American History, the Long Civil Rights Movement, Oral History

Office:  JO 3.928
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-6908

Hi, I'm Dr. Hill, and I started teaching at UT Dallas in 2014. My interest in history started in childhood thanks to many hours watching World War 2 era Tex Avery cartoons and Vietnam War-era Smothers Brothers episodes. The political and social references were far over my head and made me curious to understand them. Similarly, I started researching African American history in middle school because I was curious how people spoke to social issues and promoted justice effectively. I still approach history education with a focus on listening, analysis, and evidence. My teaching strategies have been honored by the Del Mar College chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and I continue to improve my courses thanks to the American Historical Association "Bridging Cultures" seminar grant.

Most of my current scholarship focuses on the work of African American missionaries in Belgian Congo from the 1890s through the 1930s. Their tenacity in the midst of Jim Crow travel restrictions, church segregation, and state-sponsored violence fascinates me. I am writing a book about the ways that one married couple took inspiration from American historically black colleges and tried against all odds to maintain a safe, healthy, moral environment for the Kuba of central Congo.

Effort, feedback, and originality are among the most important qualities in my classrooms. All students are encouraged to study their unique interests and use course material to explain their educated opinions. I try to minimize surprises and reward students' effort by designing assignments that can be revised into the final project. I provide feedback on every essay assignment and encourage undergraduates in my survey courses to submit reading notes with their own questions for the professor. My classes also include occasional group activities and primary source presentations. These interactive features help graduate students prepare to teach and practice explaining their research. Alumni have reported success discussing relevant historical issues in their workplace, in publications, and with their family members.

Before relocating to Dallas, I taught U.S. History at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. Seasonal exam scoring is also part of my career path; I have worked as an Advanced Placement reader since 2010. And my first full-time position after graduate school took me to Cape Town, South Africa as a study abroad program teaching assistant.

Work Samples and Publications: 

  • "Maria Fearing: Domestic Adventurer," Alabama Women, ed. by Susan Ashmore and Lisa Dorr (Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press, 2017), 90-107.
  • "Anti-Slavery Work by the African American Women of the Presbyterian Congo Mission." Synods and Slavery: Presbyterians, Slavery, and Abolitionism in the Anglo-American World, 1700-1906, ed. by Peter Messer and William Harrison Taylor. Lanham, MD: Lehigh University Press, 2016.
  • Biographical Essays: Althea Brown Edmiston, Benjamin Tucker Tanner, Catherine Wood Marshall, Charles Colcock Jones Jr., Henry McNeal Turner, and Hiram Rhodes Revels. Encyclopedia of American Christianity. Edited by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
  • Review of John David Smith, Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops.
    Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society
    107, no. 3 (Fall-Winter 2014): 417-419.
  • Review of Kibibi Voloria Mack-Shelton, Ahead of Her Time in Yesteryear.
    Journal of Southern History
    78, no. 2 (May 2012): 500.
  • Review of Tomeiko Carter, ed., Virginia Broughton.
    Journal of Southern Religion
    13 (2011)
  • "Having His Say: Memories from Lemuel Delany, Jr."
    Southern Cultures 15 (Spring 2009): 60-68.
  • Review of Ana-Lisa Cox, A Stronger Kinship.
    Michigan Historical Review
    34, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 153-154.
  • Review of Shelly O'Foran, Little Zion: A Church Baptized By Fire.
    Oral History Review
    34, no. 2 (2007): 152-155.
  • Historical essays on revivalism, the YMCA/YWCA, and Langston Hughes.
    The Home Front Encyclopedia: United States, Britain, and Canada During World Wars I and II. Edited by James Ciment and Thaddeus Russell. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2007. 444-447; 507-509; 632-633.


Ph.D. History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008, Dissertation: "Careers Across Color Lines: American Women Missionaries and Race Relations, 1870-1920." Advisor: W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Ph.D.

M.A. History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004

B.A. Plan II Honors Program and Semester Abroad, University of Texas at Austin, 2002/ University of Cape Town, South Africa 2001

Curriculum Vitae:  Kimberly Hill's CV

Website(s):  Transforming the US History Survey with a Focus on Labor in the Atlantic World  |  Voices of Labor in the Atlantic World