Kimberly Adams Encourages Women in Political Science

Dr. Kimberly Adams inspires women with her involvement in politics and the world of political science.

Priscilla Welch

Contributing Writer

Before putting together political campaigns, giving speeches across the globe and becoming a political science professor at ESU, Kimberly Adams, Ph.D. was born in and raised in Laurel, Miss.

Her parents were athletes in college but took education seriously. They taught Adams the same values.

She received a full ride on an academic scholarship and basketball. She was a Division 1 basketball player.

In 1995, Adams received her bachelor’s degree in pre-law/political science with minor in history from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 1995.

She later received her master’s in political science in May 1997 from the same institution. In 2003, she was a graduate of the Southern Regional Education Board for the Doctoral Scholars Program and received her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in political science. She studied abroad at King’s College in London for British Law and Politics.

Adams worked as an intern on Capitol Hill. She worked for CongressionalBlack Caucus for Rep. Bennie G. Thompson office in summer 95. She also worked as an intern for LBJ Congressional Intern for Rep. Mike Parker’s office in the summer of 94. Adams is not just a professor at ESU but an ongoing activist as well. She travels all over the world talking about Women in Politics.

Her mentor was Maxine Walters, who is the U.S. Representative of California’s 43rd Congressional District since 2013. Adams comes from a family that believes education is the key to success. When asked what inspires you? She said, “I’m inspired most by my student’s success. I’m an educator unapologetically.”

She believes you can learn in and out of a classroom. Besides all of this, Adams still has time for herself.  She attends the gym six days a week. She workouts at 5 a.m. in the morning and in the evening around 6:30 p.m.

She plays tennis, loves attending Broadway plays, and listening to live music in New York.

Some of her favorite artists are Frank Sinatra, Anita Baker, Sam Cooke, and Lynard Colon. Adams is a Member of the American Association of  Blacks in Higher Education, Adams is the managing director of political research and consulting a charter member of African American Museum of History and Culture, and a member of the National Organization for Women.

Adams published many works in her lifetime. Some were published in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, and the International Journal of Politics and Good Governance. Just to name a few.

Adams believes teaching others is the best way, especially towards young people. “Do what you love and get paid to do it,” said Adams.

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