The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

Kimberly E Simmons

Primary Field
Cultural Anthropology
Associate Professor, University of South Carolina, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Cultural anthropology, race, color and ethnicity, gender, identity formation, women's organizations, African diaspora

Kimberly Eison Simmons is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies, Interim Director of African American Studies and Interim Director of the Institute for African American Research at the University of South Carolina. She received her B.A. in Spanish from Grinnell College and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State University where she was also a Researcher-in-Residence with the African Diaspora Research Program. Much of her research focuses on women’s organizations, Afro-Dominicanness, African American culture and experience, and the cultural construction of identity in the African Diaspora focusing on African Americans and Afro-Latinos/as. She is the author of Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic (University Press of Florida, 2009) and co-editor of Afrodescendants, Identity, and the Struggle for Development in the Americas (Michigan State University Press, 2012). She is currently working on a book focusing on Afro- Dominicanness, identity, and the politics of natural hair. She is also past President of the Association of Black Anthropologists.

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Western Hemisphere
Dominican Republic