Speaker Bio:Kabria Baumgartner, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of New Hampshire. She is a scholar of nineteenth century African American history, culture, and literature. She has earned numerous awards to support her research, including fellowships from the Library Company of Philadelphia, American Antiquarian Society, Massachusetts Historical Society, and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Ethnic Studies Review, New England Quarterly, Journal of the Early Republic, and the Journal of Social History. Her book, A Right To Learn: African American Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America (under contract with New York University Press) tells a history of school desegregation in the early nineteenth century Northeast from the perspective of African American girls and women. She is currently working on her next project, an edited volume on the African American experience in Essex County, Massachusetts.