Here is the pronunciation of my name, spelled differently, but brought to you by Merriam-Webster: Kabria. My mother assures me that it was not a fish that inspired my name. I am a native of Los Angeles, CA. I earned a B.A. cum laude and M.A. summa cum laude in English and African American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
I then ventured out of California and moved to Berlin, Germany. I earned a Certificate in British Studies at Humboldt University and learned conversational German. Berlin ranks as one of my all-time favorite European cities. After two wonderful years of living in Berlin, I returned to the United States to attend graduate school. In 2011, I earned a Ph.D. in African American Studies and a Certificate in Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (While working on my doctorate, I taught at Amherst College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Westfield State University.)
For five years, I lived in northeast Ohio where I was an assistant professor of history at the College of Wooster, a small liberal arts college. I enjoyed my time working with eager undergraduate students and dedicated faculty.
I left Wooster and moved back to Massachusetts. I've joined the faculty at the University of New Hampshire as an assistant professor of American studies.
My publications have appeared in scholarly journals such as the New England Quarterly, the Journal of the Early Republic, and the Journal of Social History.
My first book, A Right to Learn: African American Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America, is under contract with New York University Press. It should be in print in late 2019. You can read more about this project here.
I'm very thankful to have earned some awards to support my research, including the 2014-2015 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the 2015 Peterson Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society. I was a 2016-2017 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. I am currently a 2017-2018 Miller Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society.