Kimberly Pendleton entered the George Washington University American Studies department in the fall of 2011. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, religion and international humanitarian work. In particular, Kimberly is interested in the ways that contemporary American evangelical culture has absorbed international humanitarian language into mission ideology, including issues like HIV/AIDS or sex trafficking alongside traditional mission enterprise such as evangelism. This work is the culmination of a B.A. in Women's Studies from Georgetown University, where Kimberly specialized in "Poverty and Globalization," and a M.A. in American Religious History from Yale Divinity School. She hopes to investigate the ways that religious ideology and humanitarian intervention overlap, and the impact of their intimate connection on international productions of gender and culture.
Kimberly’s research and teaching interests include 20th century U.S. history, U.S. and transnational religion, globalization and imperialism, 20th century American literature and popular culture, humanitarian work and representations of global crisis, film and media studies, and gender/sexuality studies. Kimberly is certified to teach in the GW Writing Program, and is a TA for classes that fulfill a university writing requirement for undergraduates.