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Kimberly Moffitt

Director and Associate Professor of Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. Program and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Kimberly R. Moffitt is director and associate professor of the Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. program and affiliate associate professor in the Department of Africana Studies at UMBC. Her teaching interests include culture, media studies/criticism, Black hair and body politics, sports and media, and popular culture.

Dr. Moffitt’s research focuses on mediated representations of marginalized groups as well as the politicized nature of Black hair and the body. She has published three co-edited volumes, including Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair and Body Politics in Africana Communities (Hampton Press, 2010), The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign (SUNY Press, 2010) and The 1980s: A Transitional Decade? (Lexington Books, 2011). She has also published her work in academic journals and several edited volumes. Her current research projects continue to explore the black body such as her work exploring white femininity in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and the representations of Black males on Disney television programming. She extends her research interests into the community by offering workshops on Black hair and body politics as it relates to bullying among middle school girls.

Dr. Moffitt often writes op-ed articles for the Baltimore Sun and is a frequent guest on local public radio programs. She is a member of the public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a founding parent and board member of Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys Charter School, a 4th-12th college preparatory school.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of American Studies and Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Departments of Africana Studies and Language, Literacy and Culture PhD. program., University of Maryland, Baltimore County