Kevin Kimura


Research Interests: 

19th and 20th Century American Literature and Culture, the American West, Literary Regionalism, Nationalism and Transnationalism, Literary History, Periodical Studies

Dissertation Title: 

"West of What?: The Paradox of Western American Literature"


American Cultures (University of Chicago), Newberry Seminar in American Literature (Newberry Library)


I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a BA in English and History.  My dissertation examines periodicals from the 1820s to the 1920s to argue that the qualities of distinctively western American and American national identities become conflated and ultimately indistinguishable.

Teaching Experience: 

At the University of Chicago:
    -  Lecturer for ENGL 25419 “American Fortunes” (Spring 2017)
    -  Lecturer for ENGL 25422 “Our West” (Spring 2015)
    -  CA for ENGL 26911 “Late 20th Century American Literature and Culture” (Professor  Deborah Nelson, Spring 2014)
    -  CA for ENGL 27306 “Introduction to African American Literature, 1892-1974” (Professor Kenneth Warren, Winter2013)
    -  CA for ENGL 24304“India in English” (Professor Leela Gandhi, Spring 2013)
At Lake Forest College:
    -  Lecturer for AMER 110 “Introduction to American Studies” (Fall 2016)
I hold two preceptorships: As preceptor for Planning Resources and Involvement for Students in the Majors, I advise students planning for for academic and non-academic careers after graduating with a BA in English and students who are interested in applying for PRISM grants to support academic research and creative projects during the summer.  As BA preceptor, I advise and students who are writing critical BA projects for departmental honors.
I am a Teaching Consultant through the Chicago Center for Teaching and I am credentialed to serve as lector for “Academic and Professional Writing” (“Little Red Schoolhouse”) by the University of Chicago Writing Program.