Kimberly Kay Lamm

Associate Professor in the Program of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

External Address: 
210 East Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90760, Durham, NC 27708-0760
(919) 684-9661


My research fields include contemporary feminist art, contemporary poetry, feminist theory, and 19th- and 20th-century US Literature. I have published essays on a wide range of topics, from African-American visual culture to American poetry’s relationship to feminist theory. I am currently working on two book manuscripts: “Poetics of Address: Imagining the Other Woman in Contemporary Art” and "The Sense of an Arrangement: Feminist Aesthetics in Contemporary Poetry." The first analyzes the work of feminist artists who bring together images and the textual appearance of language in unpredictable configurations. I argue that this choice draws attention to the image as a site of affective labor, but also creates what I call a poetics of address, a call to viewers to become feminist readers of visual culture. A Sense of Arrangement represents my long-standing research on the relations between contemporary poetry and feminist thought. It analyzes the work of five poets—Barbara Guest, Susan Howe, Ann Lauterbach, Rosemarie Waldrop, and Claudia Rankine—who have contributed substantially to the field of contemporary poetry and women’s place within it. The book traces how these poets' engagement with the excesses of vision and sound aligns with current feminist scholarship on sound, affect, and sensation. Increasingly, my research is drawn to the styles, objects, and practices that can be identified by through the term "femininity," which has led to my interest in girl cultures and fashion. An essay on the depiction of fashionable clothing in the work Harlem Renaissance writer Jessie Fauset is forthcoming in the collection Crossings in Text and Textile, 1818-1934 (University Press of New England). I am a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program, and have published art criticism in The Brooklyn Rail, curated exhibitions of contemporary art (most notably, "Imaginary Arsenals" for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) and written catalog essays for contemporary artists Matthew Buckingham and Renata Poljak.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Washington 2007

Lamm, KK. "A Man in the Crowd." “A” man of the crowd - Matthew Buckingham. 2003. (Essay)

Lamm, KK. ""Fanny Howe," "Ann Lauterbach," and "Alice Notley."." Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century. Ed. EL Haralson. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. (Essay)


Lamm, KK. "SEEING FEMINISM IN EXILE: THE IMAGINARY MAPS OF MONA HATOUM." Michigan Feminist Studies 18 (2004): 1-34.