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Kabria Baumgartner

Dean's Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies

Kabria Baumgartner is a historian of the nineteenth-century United States, specializing in the history of education, African American women’s and gender history, and the New England region. She is the author of the award-winning book, In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America (New York University Press, 2019), which tells the story of Black girls and women who fought for their educational rights in the nineteenth-century Northeast. Her research has been supported by the Spencer Foundation, the National Academy of Education, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.

She has also published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, and her popular writing has been featured in the Washington Post, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and Historic New England Magazine.

She is writing a book about the history of civil rights in nineteenth-century Boston.

  • Spencer Foundation Research Grant, 2021-23
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Long-Term Fellowship/Massachusetts Historical Society, 2020-21
  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016-18
  • Library Company of Philadelphia/Mellon Program in African American History Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014-15

National Park Service/Organization of American Historians, Co-Principal Investigator – Historic Resource Study: “African Americans in Essex County, Massachusetts, 2018-22

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