Dr. Kimberly Kalaja is a playwright, screenwriter, author, & Fulbright.

She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, an MA in Irish Literature from The Queen’s University of Belfast, and a BA in English at Scripps College.

After working for 25 years as a Professor — on the faculties of Princeton, NYU, California, as a Fulbright professor at The University of Tirana, and in graduate education programs in the U.S. Prison System — she now dedicates her time to writing.

Kimberly believes that stories are the foundations of identities, that they have the uncanny power to shape our realities. Her ambition is to craft meaningful, entertaining stories that encourage self-awareness and initiate conversations about the way we define ourselves as local and global citizens.

She is committed to the free exchange of ideas among individuals and cultures, to the celebration of intellectual and cultural diversity, to open debate, and to freedom of thought and speech. 

Her award-winning plays include Night Moths on the Wing, “The Shooter,” and “Acts Without Words.Her latest project, a short film, “The Lesson,” will be released in September 2024.