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Faculty and Staff - Kim Huisman

Kim Huisman, Associate Professor
5728 Fernald Hall, Room 209
Orono, ME 04469-5728
(207) 581-2361
Huisman CV

Ph.D. (2003) University of Southern California

Kim’s areas of interest and teaching are:
Immigration, race and ethnicity, gender, and domestic violence.~ Kim currently teaches Introduction to Sociology; Social Inequality; Immigration, Women & Society; and Deviance & Social Control.~ Her research interests include immigration, gender, race and ethnicity.~ Her current research project, the Somali Narrative Project (SNP), established in August 2004, is a collaborative, interdisciplinary project that is driven by a commitment to engaged scholarship that enhances cultural and intercultural understanding.~ SNP includes four faculty members, several students, and Somali community members. The goal of SNP is to document the immigration experiences of Somalis in Maine and to use the narratives in a variety of ways to foster dialogue and understanding about religion, race, and immigration in Maine . For example, SNP developed a reader’s theater script that combines existing texts and interviews with Somalis in Maine to tell the stories of Somali history, culture, and immigration. The performance is organized chronologically around several themes (Colonial Somalia, Somali Civil War, Traditional Poetry, Diasporas: Europe, Canada, U.S., and Maine), and is being performed in a variety of venues around the state.

Recent Publications

  • Huisman, Kimberly A. and Elizabeth Joy. (2015, forthcoming).  The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood Revisited:  Continuities and Changes.  In Intensive Mothering:  The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood, edited by Linda Ennis. Toronto, Canada:  Demeter Press.
  • Huisman, Kimberly A.  (December 2011) Why Maine?  Secondary Migration Decisions of Somali Refugees. Ìrìnkèrindò: A Journal of African Migration 5:  55-94.
  • Huisman, Kimberly A, Mazie Hough, Kristin Langellier, and Carol Toner (Eds.).  2011. Somalis in Maine:  Crossing Cultural Currents.  Berkeley:  North Atlantic Books.
  • Huisman, Kimberly. 2010.  Developing a sociological imagination by doing sociology:  A methods-based service-learning course on women and immigration. Teaching Sociology 38(2): 106-118.
  • Huisman, Kimberly. July 2009. Readers’ theater as public pedagogy:  Putting culture into motion to foster dialogue, democracy and understanding about Somali immigrants in Maine.  Theory in Action. 2(3).
  • Huisman, Kimberly.  2008 “Does this mean you’re not going to come
  • Visit me anymore?”  An inquiry into an ethics of reciprocity and positionality in feminist ethnographic research.  Sociological Inquiry 78(3):  372-396.

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