Kimberly is a historian of Modern Europe focusing on Russia and Eurasia. She is a former secondary history teacher and community college history instructor. She grew up on a farm in rural Southeast Texas and now speaks Russian with a slight Texas accent.
Kimberly's work examines how Black experience in the Soviet Union shaped Black identity, and how the presence of people of color shaped ideas and understandings of race, ethnicity, and nationality policy in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet space.
Her public writing analyzes the linkages of race, foreign policy, and culture in the United States, Russia, and Ukraine.