Kabria Baumgartner is an assistant professor of American studies at the University of New Hampshire at Durham where she teaches nineteenth century African American culture, history, and literature. Her book, In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America (New York University Press, 2019), explores the history of school desegregation in the nineteenth century Northeast by focusing on the educational experiences of African American girls and women. Her next book uncovers the lives of indentured African American girls in the antebellum Northeast.