Kim Adams is a Humanities in the World postdoctoral fellow at the Pennsylvania State University Humanities Institute.

Her book project, Building the Body Electric, follows the application of electricity to the human body in American literature and medicine from the Civl War to the Civil Rights Era, arguing that electric medicine works to form bodies into raced, sexed, and gendered subjects. Her research makes use of methods from the medical humanities, science and technology studies, media studies and literary scholarship.

An article from this project, "'Electrical Nutrition and Glandular Control': Eugenics, Progressive Science, and George Schuyler's Black No More" was recently published in Twentieth Century Literature. If you want to read it and don't have access, send an email.

You can read an article she co-authored with the Humanities Podcast Network in Inside Higher Ed.

As a scholar and educator, Kim is invested in work that combines material history
with theoretical stakes to evoke practical consequences.