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Kim Cunningham, PhD


Office Location: Business and Liberal Arts B641
Phone: 212 217.4951



PhD, Sociology 2014 The Graduate Center, CUNY (City University of New York)

Dr. Kim Cunningham is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York (SUNY) Fashion Institute of Technology. Professor Cunningham studies collective trauma, cultural memory, sociology of emotions, affect theory, and queer theory. Kim is the winner of the Koonja Mitchell Memorial Prize, an award for outstanding scholarship in the field of collective memory and critical trauma studies, and has published scholarly articles in Cultural Studies<>Critical Methodologies and Social Text Periscope.

Cunningham is currently designing courses for and creating a new LGBTQ Studies Minor Program at FIT, including a course called "LGBTQ in Society: A Global Perspective" and another co-taught course on the intersection of art, memory, and queer theory.

Before coming to FIT, Cunningham taught at Wesleyan University as a Visiting Assistant Professor, and proudly taught her course "Sociology of Emotions" through Wesleyan's Center for Prison Education at York Correctional Institute, a women's prison in Connecticut.

Both Kim's research and teaching center on an understanding of the emotional trauma of social oppression, and the possibilities of its transformation.