Kim Adams

Humanities in the World Postdoctoral Scholar

Kim Adams is a Humanities in the World Postdoctoral Fellow at the Penn State Humanities Institute, where she studies medicine and technology in American culture, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era. Her book project, Building the Body Electric, uses a health humanities framework to examine technologies of race and reproduction in American literature. She holds a doctoral degree from New York University, a master’s degree from Brown University, and a bachelor’s from Vassar College. Her research has been published in the Journal of Medical Humanities, Journal of the History of Medicine, and Allied Sciences Twentieth Century Literature. Her public writing has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher EdPost45 and Discover Magazine. She also co-hosts the podcast High Theory, on the New Books Network, and is a founding member of the Humanities Podcast Network. As a scholar and educator, Kim is invested in work that combines material history with theoretical stakes to evoke practical consequences.