Kimberlee S. Kihleng earned both her MA and PhD in anthropology from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa in 1986 and 1996, respectively. She holds a BA in anthropology from the University of Arizona, which was awarded in 1980.
Dr. Kihleng is the executive director of the Guam Humanities Council, an independent nonprofit organization working in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities to promote community humanities programming for the people of Guam. These programs include family literacy, community grants, interpretive exhibitions, a lending resource center, documentary films and discussions, an online encyclopedia (Guampedia), cultural workshops and performances, and community conversations.
Prior to her current position at the Council, Kihleng served as the executive director of Mission Houses Museum, a fully accredited history museum and national historic landmark in Honolulu’s Capitol District focusing on Hawaiian and Pacific history, culture, and art. From 1997 to 2000, Kihleng was the visiting scholar in Micronesian Studies at the University of Guam as well as coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies Program. In the late 1980s, she served as the first Historic Preservation Officer for the FSM national government.
Kihleng, a Fulbright Scholar, has carried-out long-term ethnographic research in Pohnpei Island, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) as well as a short-term ethnographic study in the Republic of Palau.