Kimberly Pendleton is a doctoral candidate in the American Studies department at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Pendleton's thesis, Captivated: Evangelical Enchantment, Sex Trafficking, and the Politics of Purity, is a cultural study of U.S. evangelical missions activity directed toward the sex industry in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Pendleton received her M.A. magna cum laude from Yale Divinity School and her B.A. magna cum laude from Georgetown University. Pendleton was the recipient of a Jeffrey C. Kasch Foundation research travel grant and has presented her research at the national conferences of the American Studies Association and the American Society of Church Historians.