Dr. Kirby received an AA in Fashion Design from Brooks College, a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, and a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan. In addition, Dr. Kirby received both her MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology also with the University of Michigan – Dissertation Title: Clothing, Kinship, and Representation: Transitional Wardrobes in Michigan’s African Diaspora Communities. Dr. Kirby has taught as an Associate faculty and Lecturer for Palomar College, MiraCosta Community College, California State University San Marcos, and the University of Michigan. Dr. Kirby has received a number of honors and awards including an Excellence in Teaching from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She also received several fellowships, and has written for several publications including one of her most recent writing titled, Bazin Riche in Dakar, Senegal: Altered Inception, Use and Wear, African Dress: Fashion Agency, Performance. Dr. Kirby has worked as a graduate student mentor, advisor, event coordinator, and tutor.
- Independence Seaport Museum "Compassion in Action: Seamen's Church Institute Caring for Seafarers since 1843" Community Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. October 2016 - February 2017. One of three co-developers.