Dr. Kimball earned a PhD in History from the University of Pittsburgh and has been the recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon research fellowship and a W.B.H. Dowse Research Fellowship. His publications include the International Review of Social History, the New West Indian Guide, the Journal of Social History, and the Journal of American History. He has presented original research at venues which include the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the New England Historical Association, and the World History Association and has also been an invited speaker at the Nicholson Center at the University of Chicago, the McNeil Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and at Brown University. He teaches courses on Colonial America, the American Revolution, Atlantic History, the Atlantic Economy, Slavery and Freedom, Historical Methodology, and the Senior Research Capstone. His current book project is "Built on Slavery: the Hidden History of Colonial New England."
Dr. Kimball is a strong supporter of sharing the latest scholarship with K-12 educators, as well as the wider public and has taken part in the "National Endowment for the Humanities-We the People" initiatives in 2009 and 2011. These summer seminars support K-12 educators in learning the latest historical research and scholarship and are "designed to encourage and enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history, culture, and democratic principles." Dr. Kimball has been a recurring part of a summer institute hosted at Brown University, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Historical Society, whose focus is "The Role of Slavery in the Rise of New England Commerce, Industry, and Culture to 1860."