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Kaitlin Simpson



I am a historian of the 20th century United States in a global context, focusing on gender, race, agriculture, and the environment in the US South and the transnational connections that link the rural South to a broader global community. My dissertation analyzes the globalization of the cut flower industry in the late-20th century. In particular, I look at the exportation of the North American cut flower industry to Columbia and Ecuador and how ideas of gender shaped both the growth of the South American floriculture industry and American reactions to this globalization process.


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)           TN, U.S.A

Ph.D., AMERICAN HISTORY                                          Expected 2024  

MA., AMERICAN HISTORY                                            2018-2020 

The University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM)                LA, U.S.A

BA., HISTORY, summa cum laude                                  2014-2018

Professional Service

Graduate Teaching Assistant           TN, U.S.A 

Department of History                         2018-2020 

  • Assisted with/taught classes in American history, Latin American History, and Western Civilizations

  Graduate Research Assistant

   Department of History                      2019-2020  

  • Conducted research on project for Dr. Tore C. Olsson, “The Global Cowboy: Country Music and American Empire in the Twentieth Century,” and Dr. Brandon K. Winford, “Black Banking in the U.S. South Post-Reconstruction.”

  Graduate Student Senate

    Senator                                            2020-2021 

  • Representative for the Department of History, served on Legislative and Steering Committee

  History Graduate Affairs Committee

    Caucus Representative                   2019-2021

  • Organized department activities and graduate student professional development opportunities


Awards and Recognitions

2019           Summer Research Travel Grant, Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville                   TN, U.S.A

2018-2022   University of Tennessee Graduate School Funds Fellowship

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