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Kim LoudermilkDirector, IDEAS (Interdisciplinary Exploration and Scholarship) FellowshipDirector, Undergraduate Program in American StudiesSenior Lecturer

Kim Loudermilk received a PhD from Emory's Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts in 1997, after completing an MA in women's studies from Wichita State University and a BS in journalism from Oklahoma State University.

Loudermilk joined the faculty at Emory in 1998; her teaching focuses on social movements and the media, advertising, contemporary cultural studies, and issues in higher education. In addition to her teaching, she directs the American Studies program, which offers a thriving interdisciplinary major and minor. She also helped to develop and directs the IDEAS (Interdisciplinary Exploration and Scholarship) program, which seeks to bring interdisciplinary thinking to students from across the campus and to promote the value of the liberal arts. Prior to coming to Emory, Loudermilk was a Brittain Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she taught classes in composition, technical writing, and public speaking.

In addition to her faculty work, Loudermilk served as an administrator at Emory University for a decade. From 2000 to 2003, she was assistant vice provost in the Office of the Provost, where she coordinated Emory's reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and directed the university's faculty development programs. From 2003 to 2010, Loudermilk was the senior associate dean for academic planning at Emory College and coordinated strategic, financial, operational, and infrastructure planning for the college.

Research Interests

Critical study of the media, contemporary American fiction, social movement theory, American cultural studies, issues in higher education.

Recent Publications

Fictional Feminism: How American Bestsellers Affect the Movement for Women's Equality (Routledge, 2004)