Kimberly M. Jenkins
Kimberly M. Jenkins is a part-time lecturer at Parsons School of Design, Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, and amongst the pioneering cohort of graduates from the MA Fashion Studies program at Parsons. As a fashion educator and independent researcher with an interest in social psychology, innovation and justice, her work harnesses the interdisciplinary nature of fashion studies to examine the implications of ‘race’ in fashion history, business and image-making. In 2016, she developed a course at Parsons titled ‘Fashion and Race,’ and in 2018 she received the award for ‘Outstanding Achievements in Diversity and Social Justice Teaching’ from The New School. The aim for this database project is to provide a repository of resources that decolonizes the study of fashion, and Kim will present her first exhibition, Fashion and Race: Deconstructing Ideas, Reconstructing Identities (October 27–November 11 2018) to pursue this endeavor further. Kim is a co-founding member of The Fashion Studies Alliance, an advisory board member for the Model Alliance and a steering committee member for the Research Collective for Decolonizing Fashion. Aside from teaching, Kim hosts events around New York City that progresses the discourse of fashion studies and she also facilitates The Fashion & Justice Workshop with Jonathan M. Square.