Kimberley Connor is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University where she is completing her dissertation "From Immigrant to Settler: Diet in Nineteenth-Century Institutions of Immigration". As a historical archaeologist and food historian, her work combines detailed material analysis with archival research to tell nuanced stories about the past. Her dissertation research focused on food and dining at the Female Immigration Depot (1848-1887) at Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, Australia. This project examines the functions of food within the institutional setting of the depot and in the longer liminal space of the immigrant’s journey. Her next project places the Female Immigration Depot in transnational context by digitally mapping the networks of institutions of settler migration across the British Empire.
Prior to coming to Stanford, she received a B.A. (Languages) in French and Archaeology, and a B.A. (Honours) in Archaeology from the University of Sydney. Her research interests include material culture of food and dining, cookbooks, identity production, immigration, and historical institutions.