Before arriving in St Andrews, Kimberly studied at the University of North Carolina of Wilmington, receiving her BA in History (2009) and MA in American History (2012). Her masters’ thesis surveyed the rise and decline of rice cultivation in the southeast region of North Carolina from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Following graduation, she served as a lecturer in history at UNC Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College. Kimberly also worked as consulting historian for Poplar Grove Foundation, Inc. in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she directed the exhibit and lecture series “From Civil War to Civil Rights: The African American Experience at Poplar Grove” which launched in 2014.
As a PhD candidate in Modern History, Kimberly seeks to understand the formation of identity for Scottish emigrants to North Carolina during the eighteenth century by exploring the development of social networks among Scots emigrants. By examining marriage patterns, patronage, and kinship connections, she hopes to ascertain to what degree these connections influenced the choice to emigrate and the construction of identity. Her work makes use of correspondence between Scottish emigrants and their relatives in Scotland. In an effort to carry the study of the Scots experience the American Revolution, Kimberly will examine the effect of kinship and family on decisions made by Scots loyalists to migrate once again in the social upheaval of the war.
“‘A Spirit of Industry’: The Colonial Origins of Rice Culture in the Lower Cape Fear” North Carolina Historical Review 91 (July 2014)