Professor Kimball’s research centers on sexuality and reproduction, race and ethnicity, and urban development in 20th-century Latin America.

Prof. Kimball’s book project traces the history of unwanted pregnancy and abortion in Andean Bolivia between 1952 and 2010. Drawing on oral interviews and medical records, the project examines the history of reproductive health policy and provisioning alongside women’s personal experiences with pregnancy and abortion. Prof. Kimball uncovers connections between visions of national development across periods of revolution, dictatorship, and democracy, and evolving ideas about gender roles, sexual norms, public health, and the position of women and indigenous people in the nation. Through ethnographic analysis of women’s testimonies, the project highlights the intersections between personal experiences and broader phenomena such as urban growth and the deregulation of social services in the wake of neoliberal reform.

Prof. Kimball participates in movements supporting women’s reproductive rights and health in the U.S. and Latin America and conceives of herself as a “scholactivist,” or a scholar committed to linking her work to social justice activism.


Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

M.A., University of Pittsburgh

B.A., University of Washington

Scholarship / Publications

Professor Kimball is currently preparing her book manuscript for publication. The project is entitled, An Open Secret: The History of Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion in Highland Bolivia, 1952-2010. Her work has been supported by a number of fellowships and grants, including a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, a Fulbright Full Grant, an Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and the Lillian B. Lawler Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching.

Last Updated: 10.27.2015