Kimberly “Kimba” Stahler


PhD Candidate Department of History

MA Kent State University 2018
BA Frostburg State University 2012


Field of Study:
American Cultural History; Race, Gender, and Class; Twentieth Century History


External Grants:
William W. Scranton Research Travel Award, Penn State University, Eberly Family Special
Collections Library, 2020.



“From Going Steady to Dorm Room Love: Commercialization, Intimacy, and Sexuality in the 1960s and 1970s,” Told Around Shoes, May 1, 2020,

“Rat Protest (1965),” Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University,
January 2020,

“Preserving the Memory of May 4th: The Gym Protest of 1977,” Guest Lecture, Ohio History Course at Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio, May 2, 2017.


Selected Conference Presentations and Papers:

“Tell Me This Too; Are You Proud?”: Shame as a Political Tool Against Color-Blind Politics, 1968-1970,” Commemorating Violent Conflicts and Building Sustainable Peace PEACE-PHS Joint Conference, Kent, Ohio, October 24-16, 2019.

“Regaining Black Voter Support: John C. West’s Gubernatorial Campaign and Racial Moderation in South Carolina, 1968-1970,” American Historical Association- Pacific Coast Branch Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, August 1-3, 2019.

‘“How Would You Tell It??”: The Orangeburg Massacre, Memory, and the Struggle for Justice,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 3-6, 2018.


About Kimba:

Kimba is a Ph.D. candidate who studies interracial social movements in twentieth century American history. Her dissertation examines radical activists in Cleveland, exploring the relationship between performance, protest movements, and alliances across race, gender, and
class boundaries.