Associate Professor of Africana Studies


Kim Gallon is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies. Her work investigates the cultural dimensions of the Black Press in the early twentieth century. Her first book, Pleasure in the News: African American Readership and Sexuality in the Black Press (University of Illinois Press, 2020) —argues that African American newspapers fostered Black sexual expression, agency, and identity in the first half of the twentieth century.

Gallon is also the author of the field defining article, “Making a Case for the Black Digital Humanities.” 

Her more recent work focuses on the spatial relationship between reading and residential segregation in Baltimore in the twentieth century.  She is aso working on a book project on race, digital technology, and health equity. 

Gallon is the founder and director of two black digital humanities projects, The Black Press Research Collective and COVID Black.

Her work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Science Research Council and Spencer Foundation.


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