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Barbara Krauthamer

Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Professor of History

Portrait of Barbara Krauthamer

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M.A., Washington University, St. Louis (1994); M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University (1996, 2000).

Barbara Krauthamers bookBlack Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South was published by the University of North Carolina Press in spring 2013. It is the first full-length study of chattel slavery and the lives of enslaved people in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian nations. The book reveals the centrality of slavery and racial ideology in Native leaders’ definitions of Indian sovereignty, as well as in U.S. federal policy towards Indian peoples and territory. She has already written a number of articles and book chapters on the subjects of slavery in Indian Territory, and African American/Native American intersections. Her work has been supported with funding from the NEH, Stanford University, Yale University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Krauthamer co-authored Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery with Professor Deborah Willis of New York University. 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.  This book was published by Temple University Press in 2013, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. 

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.

Professor Krauthamer was recently appointed the Associate Dean for Student Inclusion and Engagement in the Graduate School at UMass Amherst. As Associate Dean, she will set up and manage the new Research Enhancement and Leadership Fellows program, a joint effort of the Graduate School, the Provost's Office, and the Colleges to increase graduate student diversity and success in HFA, SBS, Education, ISOM, and Nursing. She will also work with the Office of Professional Development on alternative career paths for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences. 

Research Areas

19th century United States history
Antebellum, slavery, and emancipation
African American history
Native American history
Critical race and gender theory


Major Problems in African American History. Cengage, 2017. Co-edited with Dr. Chad Williams.

Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South. University of North Carolina Press, 2013.

Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. Temple University Press, 2013. Co-authored with Professor Deborah Willis.