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Kimberly Eison Simmons joined the South Carolina Honors College as an Associate Dean in 2013.  She is entering her tenth year at the University of South Carolina where she is also an Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies.  She is also the Director of the Latin American Studies Program at USC and is past President of the Association of Black Anthropologists.

Much of her research focuses on the cultural construction of identity in the African Diaspora focusing on African Americans and Afro-Latinos/as.  She is the author of Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic (University Press of Florida, 2009) and co-editor of Afrodescendants, Identity, and the Struggle for Development in the Americas (Michigan State University Press, 2012).  She has mentored several SCHC students over the years, has taught honors courses, and has served as a director of senior thesis projects.  She brings previous study abroad and student life experience to the South Carolina Honors College and plans to expand and promote beyond the classroom opportunities for students.