Kendra Hamilton


Women, Gender & Sexuality
227D Minor Hall
PO Box 400172
Charlottesville, Virginia  22904-4172

A.B., Duke University
M.F.A, Louisiana State University
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Kendra Hamilton is a poet, essayist, and scholar of the literature and culture of the South who returned to the academy after enjoying a decade-long career as an award-winning journalist. Kendra did her undergraduate work at Duke University, earned an M.F.A. from Louisiana State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
One of only 12 Southern writers to be invited to the Spoleto Festival USA’s 2000 forum on the Confederate flag, her essays and poetry have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, The Southern Review, and Shenandoah, while her debut poetry collection, The Goddess of Gumbo, was published in 2006. Scholarly work on the Gullah/Geechee region is forthcoming in a special "Southern routes and roots" section of Mississippi Quarterly, and she is featured as well in such recent anthologies as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and Shaping Memories: Reflections of 25 African American Women Writers.

Selected Publications:
The Goddess of Gumbo (Wordtech Communications, 2006)
Personal Website:
Personal Blog:

Faculty and Staff

Hanadi Al-Samman

  • Associate Professor of Arabic Literature

Lawrie Balfour

  • Professor of Politics

Rae Blumberg

  • William R. Kenan, Professor of Sociology

Alison Booth

  • Professor of English

Andre Cavalcante

  • Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Mrinalini Chakravorty

  • Assistant Professor of English, Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Ellen Contini-Morava

  • Director and Professor of the Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics

Amanda Davis

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Jennie Doberne

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Corinne Field

  • Lecturer of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Susan Fraiman

  • Professor of English

Gertrude Fraser

  • Associate Professor & Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

Bonnie Hagerman

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Kendra Hamilton

  • Lecturer of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton

  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Anne Behnke Kinney

  • Professor of Chinese

Edith "Winx" Lawrence

  • Professor of Education in Clinical and School Psychology

Karlin Luedtke

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Lorna Martens

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Fred Maus

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Deborah E. McDowell

  • Alice Griffin Professor of English and Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute

Susan McKinnon

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Laura Mellusi

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Farzaneh Milani

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K. Sara Myers

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Victoria Olwell

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Geeta Patel

  • Associate Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Charlotte J. Patterson

  • Director of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Professor of Psychology

Andrea L. Press

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Caroline Rody

  • Professor of English

Marlon Ross

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Lynn M. Sanders

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Lisa Shutt

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Lisa Speidel

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Jacqueline Taylor

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Elizabeth F. Thompson

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Denise Walsh

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Gweneth West

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Kath Weston

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Michiko Wilson

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Eleanor V. Wilson

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Nicholas J. G. Winter

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Lisa Woolfork

  • Associate Professor of English