Kabria Baumgartner is assistant professor of American studies and core faculty in Women's Studies at the University of New Hampshire. She is a leading expert on the subject of African American women's education in the United States. Generally, her research interests focus on early American culture and history, with an emphasis on race and gender.
Her publications and presentations have examined subjects such as the antebellum female seminary movement, school desegregation in the antebellum Northeast, the origins of the American high school, and the public humanities and local history.
Her first book, In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America, is forthcoming with New York University Press in fall 2019. It tells the stories of brave African American girls and women who desegregated private female seminaries and public high schools in the nineteenth century Northeast.
Professor Baumgartner's research has been supported by the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Antiquarian Society, and, most recently, the Peabody Essex Museum/Phillips Library. In 2016, Professor Baumgartner was selected as a Postdoctoral Fellow by the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation.
Before her arrival at the University of New Hampshire in 2016, Professor Baumgartner taught at the College of Wooster and Amherst College. Prior to that, she earned a Ph.D. in African American Studies and a Certificate in Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a M.A. summa cum laude in African American Studies and B.A. cum laude in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Baumgartner also studied at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, where she learned conversational German and received a Certificate in British Studies.
Professor Baumgartner enjoys traveling, writing micro-stories, reading popular culture blogs, and watching sports, especially tennis and basketball.