Kimberly Alexander

Senior Lecturer
Director of Museum Studies
Phone: (603) 862-1565
Office: History, Horton Social Science Center Rm 434, Durham, NH 03824

Dr. Kimberly Alexander is Director of Museum Studies and Lecturer, teaching museum studies, material culture, American history, Architectural history, and New Hampshire history in the History Department of the University of New Hampshire. She has held curatorial positions at several New England museums, including the MIT Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum and Strawbery Banke. Her most recent book, entitled "Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era" traces the history of early Anglo-American footwear from the 1740s through the 1790s (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018). Dr. Alexander was Andrew Oliver Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society (2016-2017) and was guest curator of “Fashioning the New England Family,” (October 2018- April 2019) at MHS. Her companion book, "Fashioning the New England Family" is forthcoming.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 405: History of Early America
  • HIST 410: Surv/Architecture in AmerExper
  • HIST 500: Intro to Historical Thinking
  • HIST 511: History of New Hampshire
  • HIST 600: Exp/ Amer Architectural Hist
  • HIST 600/800: Explorations
  • HIST 690/890: Seminar: Historical Expl
  • HIST 691: Internship
  • HIST 695: Independent Study
  • HIST 698: Internship in Museum Studies
  • HIST 771/871: Museum Studies
  • HIST 772/872: Stdy/Regional Material Culture
  • HIST 780/880: Spc Top/Museum Studies
  • HIST 800: Adv Exp/Amer Architectural His
  • HIST 990: Research Sem Modern Amer Hist
  • HIST 997: Dir Read/Early American Hist


  • Ph.D., Art History: Architectural History, Boston University
  • M.A., Art History: Architectural History, Boston University
  • B.A., History, Colby College

Research Interests

  • 18th century art
  • Architectural history
  • Decorative Arts
  • Material Culture

Selected Publications

  • Alexander, K. S., & Bentley, A. (2021). Fashioning the New England Family. Massachusetts Historical Society.

  • Alexander, K. (2018). Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era, 2018. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.