Kim F. Hall     

Lucyle Hook Chair of English and Professor of Africana Studies, Barnard College

Kim F. Hall is Lucyle Hook Chair of English and professor of Africana Studies at Barnard College where she teaches courses in Early Modern/ Renaissance Literature, Black Feminist Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Food Studies. She is author of Things of Darkness: Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England and Othello: Texts and Contexts. Professor Hall was Barnard Library’s 2014 inaugural “Faculty Partner of the Year” and 2015 winner of the college’s Tow Award for Innovative Pedagogy. This year, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named her one of “25 Women Making a Difference in Higher Education and Beyond.” She currently is working on The Sweet Taste of Empire, which examines the interplay of gender, race, and material culture in the 17th-century Anglo-Caribbean sugar trade, and Othello Was My Grandfather: Shakespeare and Race in the African Diaspora, for which she has received grants from the NEH, National Humanities Center, and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.