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Dr. Barbara Krauthamer

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DR. BARBARA KRAUTHAMER is Dean of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Graduate School and Professor of History. She received her B.A. at Washington University, St. Louis (1994), and her M.A., and Ph.D. at Princeton University (1996, 2000). She is the author of Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South (UNC, 2013), the first full-length study of chattel slavery and the lives of enslaved people in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian nations. She is also the co-author Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery with Professor Deborah Willis (New York University) which received an NAACP Image Award. The book features 150 historical photographs of enslaved and free African Americans from the 1850s through the 1930s, and also includes four essays that discuss the photographic representations of slavery, emancipation, and freedom.  She is currently working on a study of runaway slave women that frames enslaved women as intellectual and political actors and examines the meanings and manifestations of freedom in their lives.