Kimberly Hill

Assistant Professor of U.S. and African American History
Tags: Texas History Religious History Missionaries Civil Rights Twentieth Century Progressive Era Late Nineteenth Century African Americans African History Black Internationalism U.S. South Race and Education

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 2008
M.A. - History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 2004
B.A. - Plan II Interdisciplinary Honors
University of Texas at Austin - 2002

Research Areas

Dr. Hill studies African American Christian internationalism during most of the Jim Crow era (the 1890s through the 1950s). She focuses on the activities of Southern Presbyterian missionaries and the social advocacy of Y.W.C.A. and Y.M.C.A. leaders. 


A Higher Mission: The Careers of Alonzo and Althea Brown Edmiston in Central Africa. New Directions in Southern History series (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, Oct. 2020). - book
"The Belebele Blood of Christ: African Parishioners’ Influence on Worship Practices at the American Presbyterian Congo Mission," Journal of Presbyterian History (Winter 2021) 2021 - publications
Review of The Black Christ by Kelly Brown Douglas, in the Reading Religion website (published by the American Academy of Religion)
2020 - book review
"Maria Fearing: Domestic Adventurer," chapter in Alabama Women: Their Lives and Times, ed. by Susan Youngblood Ashmore and Lisa Lindquist Dorr 2017 - chapter in an edited volume
"Anti-Slavery Work by the American Women of the Presbyterian Congo Mission," chapter in Faith and Slavery in the Presbyterian Diaspora, ed. by William Harrison Taylor and Peter C. Messer 2016 - chapter in an edited volume
Six Entries in the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States: Althea Brown Edmiston; Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. ; Catherine Wood Marshall; Hiram Rhoades Revels; Benjamin Tucker Tanner; and Henry McNeal Turner.  2016 - encyclopedia entries


Member, International Connections Comittee
American Academy of Religion [2020–2023]


The President's Teaching Excellence Award Nomination - University of Texas at Dallas [2020]
Victor Worsfold Outstanding Teaching Award - School of Arts and Humanities, The University of Texas at Dallas [2018]
Excellence in Teaching Award - The National Society of Leadership and Success, Del Mar College chapter [2013]


Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges: American History, Atlantic and Pacific
2013/01–2016/01 This series of seminars and conference presentations prepared twenty four faculty members to develop "globalized curriculum capable of illuminating the nation’s place in the world and their own place in the nation." The program was sponsored by the American Historical Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Calvin College Seminars: "The Power of Race in American Religion"
2010/06–2012/07 Dr. Michael O. Emerson (North Park University) hosted three annual seminars to encourage historical and sociological research on the roles of segregation and racial prejudice in American Christianity. 
The 2019 Texas Conference on Introductory History Courses
2019/09–2019/09 This two-day, statewide conference was designed for anyone who teaches college-level introductory history courses whether in high schools, community colleges, or four-year universities, and others with an interest in the courses. The speakers and participants explored disciplinary goals and approaches to teaching and learning history at the college introductory level; shared experiences in each of the course topics; discussed the state policy context that sustains them as a graduation requirement for every student at a public college or university in Texas; and considered the challenges and opportunities for high-quality student learning in the state's expanding dual-enrollment programs.


"Democratic Ideas and the Development of the Civil Rights Movement after 1940"
2019/07–2019/07 An invited lecture for the Advanced Placement Summer Institute at UT Dallas
"Classical Education and the Development of Christian Public Intellectuals in Central Africa"
2019/03–2019/03 A presentation for the African American Intellectual History Society conference

Additional Information

Dr. Hill's headshot is courtesy of C.S. Preston Photography.


"Early Twentieth Century African American Professionalism and World Christianity"
A guest blog post for "Religion in American History:" 
"Our Family:" Archival Research With Descendants of African American Missionaries
A Presbyterian Historical Society video based on my April 2018 meeting with five of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Althea Brown and Alonzo Edmiston:
Advanced Placement U.S. History Exam Scoring
Each summer, I work with a team of three to eight instructors to create rubric examples and sample sets based on one Advanced Placement essay question. These examples are used to score at least 3,000 exams per year. I also serve as a guest lecturer for the U.T.D. Advanced Placement Summer Institute. 


Center for Asian Studies Faculty Affiliate, School of Arts and Humanities


Instructional Improvement Award
$1,560 - The Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas at Dallas [2019/05–2019/09]
An award to help plan the 2019 Texas Conference on Introductory History Courses with the American Historical Association
Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges: American History, Atlantic and Pacific
About $2500 in travel expenses, academic resources, and conference registration fees - American Historical Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities [2013/01–2016/01]
A travel and seminar grant to promote innovation in introductory-level U.S. History instruction with a global perspective.
Humanities Texas Mini-Grant
$835 - Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities [2019/09–2019/09]
This grant was awarded in support of the fifth annualTexas Teaching Conference for Introductory History Courses.