Kalima Young


Kalima Young

Contact Information

Stephens Annex 127


University of Maryland, College Park (PhD Candidate)
Towson University (MA)
Goucher College (BA)

Areas of Expertise

Feminist film theory, Black film criticism, narrative production, film history


Kalima Young is a Lecturer who teaches Principles of Film and Media Production, African American Cinema and Gender in Film.  She is also a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Her research explores what it means in contemporary America to be Black and to be the subject of and witness to ongoing violence against Black bodies. A videographer and writer, Ms. Young owns and operates Kubla Khan Productions, an independent video production company.  She has written, produced and directed two feature length films Grace Haven (2006), Lessons Learned (2009) as well as several short form campaign videos including, It Gets Better, Baltimore, a collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender testimonials addressing teen bullying and suicide prevention.

A Baltimore activist, Ms. Young is on the leadership team for the FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture’s Monument Quilt Project, a collection of stories of survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Collecting over 6,000 quilt squares from across the nation, this art installation will blanket the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 2018.  Ms. Young is also a weekly co-host for The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 radio where she provides media and cultural criticism.  

Her publications include: “We Will Survive: Race and Gender-Based Trauma as Cultural Truth-Telling”. Feminist Perspectives on Orange Is the New Black: Thirteen Critical Essays. Eds. April Kalogeropoulos Householder and Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, NC: McFarland Publishers (2016); “Emancipating the Past, Spectacularizing the Present: Kara Walker, Slavery and Representations of Cultural Trauma.”  Powerlines Journal, 3.1 (2015); and “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and the March on Washington (1963)” Powerlines Journal 2.1 (2014).