Kabria Baumgartner

Kabria Baumgartner

Assistant Professor (on leave 2016-2017)

Department/Affiliation: History
Phone: 330-287-1947
Office Address: 113 Kauke


  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles 2003
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles 2005
  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst 2011

Courses Taught

  • HIST 110: U.S. Experience to 1877
  • HIST 201: History of Education in the U.S.
  • HIST 301: African American Women’s History

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Peterson Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society (2015-16)
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia (2014-15)
  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2010-11) 
  • Frederick B. Artz Research Grant, Oberlin College (2010) 

Professional Memberships

  • American Historical Association
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History
  • History of Education Society
  • Organization of American Historians


“A Monstrous Sin: Prejudice, Exclusion, and the Female Seminary Movement in Antebellum America,” in Margaret Nash, ed., Women’s Higher Education in the United States: New Historical Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), forthcoming.

“Be Your Own Man: Student Activism and the Birth of Black Studies at Amherst College, 1965-1972” New England Quarterly Vol. 89, No. 2 (June 2016).

“One More River: Free African Americans in the Antebellum North,” Retrieving the American Past  (Boston: Pearson, 2014).

“Expanding the History of the Black Studies Movement: Some Prefatory Notes,” Journal of African American Studies Vol. 16, No. 1 (March 2012): 1-20. Co-authored with Jonathan Fenderson and James Stewart. 

"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Education, and Abolition," Ethnic Studies Review Vol. 32, No. 2 (Winter 2009): 52-78.

Research Interests

Professor Baumgartner writes about and teaches courses on early American history, women's history, and the history of education. Her book, A Right to Learn, ​explores African American women's education in antebellum America.