Kimberly M. Jenkins
Founder and Principal Researcher
Kim is Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University, lecturing previously at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. Kim designed an elective course and exhibition entitled, Fashion and Race, sharing her insight at SXSW and Google HQ. Her expertise on fashion, race and cultural awareness has led to academic advising work for Gucci, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and the Centraal Museum. Kim holds an MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Learn more about her story and her work at her website.
Rachel is a Lecturer in the Fine Arts Department at California State University Los Angeles, where she teaches fashion history and research methods. Rachel teaches fashion studies at the Center for Creative and Culture Industries at Chapman University and in the Humanities and Sciences Department at Art Center. Her expertise takes her into collaboration with filmmakers, photographers, technologists, and activists. Rachel holds an MA in Fashion Studies and BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design. Born and raised in Atlanta, she lived in New York City for twelve years where she gained crucial experience in the fashion industry in a range of roles. Learn more about her work at her website.
Kai (they/them) is an aspiring cultural and fashion historian. Their work centers the body politics of beauty, clothing, identity, glamour and style and their interactions with the meaning-making functions of the fashion system. Their work also attempts to decolonize exclusionary historical discourses by centering the histories of queer and Black peoples who have been systematically obscured from collective memory. Kai is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where they received a BA in Art History and the Cultural History of Dress and Fashion.
Laura Beltrán-Rubio specializes in the history of art and fashion in the early modern Spanish World. She is a doctoral candidate at the College of William and Mary and received her MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Her dissertation explores the adoption and adaptation of European fashions, their fusion with local Indigenous elements of dress, and their representation in portraits and pictures of types in the Viceroyalty of New Granada in the second half of the eighteenth century.
RJ is founder of Auut Studio, which is dedicated to taking an intersectional approach and centering the work of people of color. RJ’s vision is to find new creative methods for interacting with the significant historical figures of the past. To this work he brings his direct experience in cartography and data visualization (see MonroeWorkToday.org), as well as experience learned in Silicon Valley for championing the final audience/ reader over the expert in the room.
Daniela Hernandez is a nontraditional fashion scholar and consumer fascinated by the power of fashion, fast & slow, historical & contemporary. As a graduate of Hampshire College with a B.A. in Global Fashion Studies, Daniela is committed to dismantling oppressive power structures in the global fashion industry and beyond. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Daniela is a first generation Mexican-American immersed in a broader view of the Los Angeles arts sector through her background in arts administration, nonprofit bookkeeping, costuming, and museum production.