Kimberly Juanita Brown

Kimberly Juanita Brown

Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, Dartmouth College
2022-2023: Richard D. Cohen Fellow
Kimberly Juanita Brown

Kimberly Juanita Brown is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. Her research engages the site of the visual as a way to negotiate the parameters of race, gender, and belonging. Her book-in-progress, The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press) examines slavery’s profound ocular construction, the presence and absence of seeing in relation to the plantation space. She is currently completing her second book, “Mortevivum: Photography and the Politics of the Visual.” This project examines images of the dead in The New York Times in 1994 from three overlapping geographies: South Africa, Rwanda, and Haiti. Brown is the founder and convener of the Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Studies Seminar. The Dark Room is a working group of women of color whose work gathers at the intersection of critical race theory and visual culture studies. The Dark Room has been in operation since 2012 and currently has nearly one hundred members from the United States and Canada.

Brown's fellowship project Black Elegies answers the question “how do you mourn those you are not supposed to see?” This book project explores the different ways that black artists attempt to grieve, to mourn, that exist outside of the genre of poetry. It considers artistic representations of black grief as part of the extended discourse of the poetic elegy. The book is constructed as a series of parts (Sight, Sound, Touch), all intended to highlight the sensorial permutations of black grief occupying contemporary cultural productions.