Kimberly Glassman

PhD Student

Kimberly Glassman

Enhanced Partnerships


Interdisciplinary Research


Nineteenth-century history of botany, plant humanities, transatlantic botanical histories of North America and the UK, women in the archives, colonial and imperial history.

I'm a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London and part of Kew's PhD Humanities Cohort. I’ve been researching the contribution of female botanists from Lower Canada to Kew’s herbarium from 1820-1865, which will feature in my PhD thesis on the Quebec women behind William Jackson Hooker’s Flora Boreali-Americana. I’m passionate about reinserting women into botanical history by addressing the influences of gender, empire, and nationhood in Canadian and British botanical histories. I do so by investigating the complex identity politics dictating international scientific practices that divided countries, gender, and social classes in the early nineteenth century. I will be teaching a seminar with the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education in their Women and Gardens programme that summarises my findings to date in June 2023. I have recently been awarded the International Council for Canadian Studies' Graduate Student Scholarship to work with primary source material in Quebec’s archives and herbariums this summer. 

I am passionate about democratising access to education. So when I am not working on my research, I work part-time as the Outreach Officer for the University of Oxford’s English Faculty. I've presented my research at international conferences in the UK, Canada, Austria, and Russia and I’ve published widely on topics of the history of art and science, adaptation studies, and plant humanities.

  • BFA History of Art & Psychology 
  • MSt History of Art & Visual Culture
  • Member of the Royal Historical Society
  • PGR Rep for the Centre for the Study of the Nineteenth Century and its Legacies
  • "The Bifocality of Dance in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: An Analysis of Shakespearean Dance Adaptations," Litinfinite Journal, Vol-3, Issue-1, (Summer 2021), DOI: 10.47365: 22-30.
  • "Harriet Sheppard’s (1786–1858) Scientific Writings: Nineteenth-Century Canadian Periodicals in Transatlantic Print Culture,” Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Special Issue: Women and Other ‘Undesirables’: Female Creative and Technical Labor in Nineteenth-Century Print Culture, Guest-Edited by Jocelyn Hargrave and Megan Peiser, Issue 18.2 (Summer 2022). ISSN # 1556-752