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2013, M.A. English, The University of Alabama

2010, B.A. English, Birmingham-Southern College


Kimberly Farris is a doctoral candidate who studies nineteenth-century American literature at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation examines authors’ positions on the nineteenth-century sciences and plots how literature was used to espouse an approach to practicing the sciences that incorporates both intuitive and empirical forms of knowledge. She explores how authors used fiction as a means to interrogate feminine scientific education, alternative medical practices, and the breakdown of species posited by evolutionary theorists. Her most recent dissertation chapter explores Harriet Prescott Spofford’s creation of hybrid plant-ladies as a means of engaging Darwinian evolution and scientific materialism.

Teaching Awards

  • Peer Mentoring Committee Excellence in Teaching Literature Award, 2017


  • UNC Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship, 2018
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW), 2nd place in the Graduate Student Paper Award, 2015
  • Robert Bain Award, UNC Chapel Hill, 2015
  • Julius Sylvester Hanner Memorial Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill, 2013
  • Graduate Council Fellowship, The University of Alabama, 2011

Curriculum Vitae / Resume