Dr. Kimberly Kutz Elliott


About Dr. Kimberly Kutz Elliott

Dr. Kimberly Kutz Elliott is American History Fellow at Smarthistory. Previously, she was Senior Content Creator in Humanities at Khan Academy. Kim earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in United States cultural history, visual culture, and religion. Her dissertation, “Lincoln’s Ghosts: The Posthumous Career of an American Icon,” was the recipient of the Hay-Nicolay Prize. Kim was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech and Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Mary Washington.



Suffused with the contemporary racist pseudoscience of Social Darwinism—which claimed that white people with northern European ancestry were the most “evolved” race—the World’s Columbian Exposition cast other races and cultures as the living relatives of white people’s distant ancestors.

The World’s Columbian Exposition: Introduction