Kim Gallon

Kim Gallon

Associate Professor // History

Affiliated Faculty // African American Studies // SIS

Affiliated Faculty // American Studies // SIS

Affiliated Faculty // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies // SIS

Office and Contact

Room: UNIV 122

Office hours: On Leave for 2020-2021


Phone: (765) 496-2483

Fax: (765) 496-1755


HIST 152: United States since 1877
HIST 210: Modern African History
HIST 396: African American History to 1877
HIST 398: African American History since 1877
HIST 495: Exploring the Digital History of Slavery
HIST 641: African History Seminar
SCLA 102: Transformative Texts: Critical Thinking and Communication II: Modern World

M.S., Learning and Design Technology, Purdue University, 2018
Ph.D., History, University of Pennsylvania, 2009



African American; African Diaspora; Sub-Saharan Africa; Women, Gender and Sexuality; Journalism History; Black Digital Humanities, Learning Design and Technology

Kim Gallon is an Associate Professor of History. Her work investigates the cultural dimensions of the Black Press in the early twentieth century. She is the author of many articles and essays as well as the book, Pleasure in the News: African American Readership and Sexuality in the Black Press (University of Illinois Press, 2020). Gallon is currently at work on two new book projects—Technologies of Recovery: Black DH, Theory and Praxis (University of Illinois Press), a book about the black digital humanities as a site of resistance and liberation and a book titled, Fiction for the Harassed and Frustrated, which examines the role and significance of popular literary expression in the Black Press in the early twentieth century (Johns Hopkins University Press). She currently serves as the inaugural editor for the Black Press in America book series at Johns Hopkins University Press.

Gallon is also the author of the field defining article, “Making a Case for the Black Digital Humanities” and the founder and director of two black digital humanities projects: The Black Press Research Collective and COVID Black: A Taskforce on Black Health and Data. She also serves on a number of digital advisory boards for digital humanities projects and grants.

She also works in instructional and e-learning design to develop culturally-based curricula for secondary, higher education, and adult learners. Her most recent work in this area includes working with the Colored Conventions Project to develop a curriculum for the Philadelphia school district and designing e-learning modules on emotional justice for the Armah Institute for Emotional Justice.

Gallon is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants including from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Spencer Foundation for her work in the black digital humanities and spatial humanities and adult education in Ghana.

To learn more about her research and teaching follow her on Twitter, @BlackDigitalHum

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