Kabria Baumgartner

Faculty Fellow for Equity and Inclusion
Office: English, Hamilton Smith Hall Rm 329, Durham, NH 03824
Kabria Baumgartner

Kabria Baumgartner specializes in nineteenth century African American history and literature. Her first book, In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America (New York University Press, 2019), examines the history of school desegregation in the nineteenth century Northeast by focusing on the experiences of African American girls and women. She is currently writing her second book, Bound To Service: Black Girls and Unfree Labor in the Shadow of Slavery, which explores the rise of indentured servitude in the Northeast and its impact on African American girls and women during the early national period. At the University of New Hampshire, she teaches courses on slave narratives, New England myths and legends, and the history of American education.


  • Ph.D., African-American/Black Studies, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • M.A., University of California - Los Angeles
  • B.A., University of California - Los Angeles

Research Interests

  • 19th century American cultural studies and history
  • Africana studies
  • Feminism
  • History of education
  • Social reform movements

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 403W: Exploring Literature
  • ENGL 517: Intro African Amer Lit & Cult
  • ENGL 650: Studies American Lit & Cult
  • ENGL 690: Intro African Amer Lit in Amer
  • ENGL 787: English Major Seminar
  • ENGL 935: Sem/Studies Americn Literature

Selected Publications

Baumgartner, K. S. (2019). Towers of Intellect: The Struggle for African American Higher Education in Antebellum New England. In L. Harris, & J. Campbell (Eds.), Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies. University of Georgia Press.

Baumgartner, K. (2019). Love and Justice: African American Women, Education, and Protest in Antebellum New England. Journal of Social History, 52(3), 652-676. doi:10.1093/jsh/shy019

Baumgartner, K. (2018). “Cruel and Wicked Prejudice:” Racial Exclusion and the Female Seminary Movement in the Antebellum North. In Women’s Higher Education in the United States (pp. 45-67). Palgrave Macmillan US. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-59084-8_3