Kim Hackford-Peer, Ph.D.
Dr. Kim Hackford-Peer joined the Gender Studies Program at the University of Utah as the Associate Director/Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in June 2011. In this capacity she works with her colleagues to manage the interdisciplinary program, advise students, and teach. She is a co-founder of Go YoU, a pathway program collaboration between the Women’s Resource Center, the Gender Studies Program, and Bryant Middle School’s Afterschool Program. She is involved in multiple educational and political action efforts in the state of Utah including work to reform current adoption legislation. Kim also partners with the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah to develop and deliver “Safe at Schools” trainings for educators. She volunteers at her children’s elementary school, is an avid supporter of the University of Utah Youth Theatre Program, and is on the Board of Directors for Bad Dog Arts.
Kim became “Dr. Mamma Kim” in 2010 when she graduated from the University of Utah with a PhD in education, culture, & society. Her dissertation “Mentoring the Imagination: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth Engaging and Expanding Mentoring in Utah” considers the multiple ways that LGBTQ youth experience mentoring. She follows the participants’ lead to call for, and present, possibilities for mentoring that include interactions and moments in time that expand our ability to (re)imagine – in order to (re)create – ourselves outside of our current contexts. As a graduate student, Kim was a TA for the Education, Culture, & Society Departments as well as a recipient of the University’s Steffenson Cannon Scholarship. Kim became a Point Scholar in 2007. As a Point Alum, she enjoys serving as a mentor to Cara Cerise, currently the only other Point Scholar to attend college in the state of Utah. Kim is also the chair of Point's Alumni Committee.
Kim’s most treasured moments are spent with her family. Ruth, her partner, who attended Law School at the University of Utah. Together they have two children, Riley and Casey, who attend public school and keep their mammas more than busy! The family spends free time together in the garden, cooking, listening to music, playing board games, and going for nightly neighborhood walks and bike rides.