Dr. Kimberly F. Monroe is a first-generation college graduate from Southern Louisiana. She is currently Assistant Professor of African American History and Africana Studies at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. She's a first-generation college graduate and earned a Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies and Women's Studies from Howard University. She graduated with a BA in African American History with a Minor in Black Studies from Grambling State University (GSU). She is a proud alumna of GSU and is the author of Grambling's first children book Homecoming in Tigerland, highlighting the rich history and traditions of GSU.
Kimberly has a passion for education. As a graduate student at Howard, she was elected as President of the Graduate Student Council. During that time she advocated for students across all disciplines and designed professional workshops to assist in their academic journey. She mentors undergraduate students interested in graduate school. In 2018, she was a teaching assistant for the Howard University Pre-PhD program, a summer intensive program that provides a experiences to HBCU students from around the U.S. who are interested in a Ph.D. The HBCUs represented included: Howard, Tuskegee, Morehouse, Tougaloo, FAMU, NCCU, and Hampton.
She developed the Africana Studies Minor at Trinity in 2020 and a concentration Africana Studies within the Global Affairs Department. She is a professor of Black Studies, the African Diaspora, Modern Africa, African American History, Black Women's History and Women's Studies.
Kimberly views teaching as a mutually beneficial relationship that strengthens the pupil’s knowledge base and sharpens the teacher's pedagogical skill-set. Her teaching philosophy is to be an ever-evolving teacher—never falling into a level of complacency; to be an educator of not only Black Studies, African American history, the African Diaspora and Women’s Studies, but an educator of scholarship, leadership and integrity; and to be a professor who is willing to take on any task regardless of the prescribed level of difficulty. Moreover, her philosophy strives to help students achieve their goals and exceed their expectations of their abilities.
Kimberly is the recipient of numerous awards such as: HBCU Buzz "Top 30 Under 30" (2017); Grambling University National Alumni Association (GUNAA) "Distinguished Alumni Award Freshman Category (2017); DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance "HBCU Young Alumnus of the Year" (2017); and Howard University Graduate School Graduation "Student Marshal" (2019).
In 2022, for her work as a community organizer, author and scholar, she was named the Adidas Honoring Black Excellence Initiative (HBE) “Honoree and Mentor”. For Grambling’s 2022 Homecoming, HBE traveled to Dr. Monroe’s alma mater to give her the flowers she deserved. From celebrating the unveiling of her HBE mural on campus to leading this year’s Homecoming parade as Grand Marshal, Adidas also gave her community a chance to see the upcoming Adidas Community Curriculum entitled "Organizing for Community-Based Power" released February 2022.
Kimberly has made presentations and conducted research in Haiti, Ghana, Tanzania, Senegal, and most recently Cuba.
Her research interests include Africana Women Activism, Black Internationalism, Global Black Power, Pan-Africanism, The Black Arts Movement, Hip Hop and Literature. Her hobbies include photography, writing poetry, and traveling and learning throughout the Black world.