K. Winter Kari J. Winter
Office: 1007 Clemens Hall
Telephone: (716) 645-0827
Email: kwinter2@buffalo.edu

Kari Winter’s work addresses literature, history, and critical theory in the Atlantic world from the eighteenth century to the present.  Most of her books and articles focus on the history and literature of transatlantic slavery, resistance, dissent, and revolution.  She also researches and teaches transnational women’s literature, African American culture, contemporary American Indian literature, genre studies (e.g., the novel, auto/biographies), the politics of food, gardening, and various other topics.


Ph.D. in English. University of Minnesota, 1990.
B.A. with honors in English and History. Indiana University, 1981.

Areas of Specialization

Attentive to multiple dimensions of gender, race, and class, Kari Winter is interested in human quests for physical well-being; the ways oppression is written on the body through trauma, deprivation, violence, and degradation; how oppressed peoples attempt to endure and to affirm the value of their bodies; connections between humans and nature; the aesthetics of space and the five senses.  She also examines human quests for intellectual and spiritual freedom; the roles of imagination, art, education, economics, politics, and sexuality in oppression and in liberation; the mysteries of desire, loss, mourning, memory and time; how to create narrative forms that are adequate to the stories that need to be told.

Before coming to SUNY at Buffalo, Professor Winter taught in the English Departments at Fisk University (1990-92) and the University of Vermont (1992-2003).


The American Dreams of John B. Prentis, Slave-Trader.  Race in the Atlantic World, 1700-1900 Series.  University of Georgia Press, 2011.

The Blind African Slave: or, Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch, Nick-named Jeffrey Brace. New edition of an 1810 slave narrative, with an introduction, historical annotations, and appendices. Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography Series. University of Wisconsin Press, 2005.

Subjects of Slavery, Agents of Change: Women and Power in Gothic Novels and Slave Narratives, 1790-1865.  University of Georgia Press, 1992. Paperback, 1995.  Reissued 2010.

Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Imperious Freedom: The Tangled Narratives of Anti-Human Trafficking Discourse.” Co-authored with David R. Castillo. Left History 15.2 (2011): 70-89.

“The Strange Career of Benjamin Franklin Prentiss, Antislavery Lawyer.” Vermont History 79.2 (2011): 121-40.

“Renovating the Past in Zhejiang.”  Zhejiang in the Eyes of World Writers.  Beijing: China Intercontinental Press, 2009.  1-20.

“Slaves Under the Driveway? Exhuming Buried History in Milford and Southbury, Connecticut.” Connecticut Review 30.2 (2008): 63-72.

“Jeffrey Brace in Barbados: Slavery, Interracial Relationships, and the Emergence of a Global Economy.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 29. 2-3 (2007): 111-125.  Reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Worlds: Global Formations Past and Present, eds. Greg Kucich and Keith Hanley. Routledge, 2008. 39-53.

“Bordering Freedom but Unable to Cross into the Promised Land: Africans in Early Vermont.” Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques 32.3 (2006): 473-92.

“The Hogshards of Bridgetown: A Case Study of a Free Colored Family in Eighteenth-Century Barbados.” Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society 158 (2002): 29-42. Co-authored with Pedro Welch.

“The Politics and Erotics of Food in Louise Erdrich.” Studies in American Indian Literature 12.4 (2000): 44-64.

Recent Courses Taught

Feminist Studies Today
The Atlantic World in the Age of Revolution
Antebellum America
Slavery in the Americas: History and Literature
Contemporary American Indian Literature
Louise Erdrich, American Indian History, and Contemporary Critical Theory
Writing Lives: Studies in Genre and Voice
Witch Hunts in American History, Literature, and Film
American Pluralism
Why Thomas Jefferson Matters

Selected Professional Activities

Founding organizer, Feminist Research Alliance Workshop, 2010-

Advisory Board for Caribbean Studies Program, UB, 2007-present

Gender Institute Executive Committee, UB, 2006-2010

Advisory Board, Antislavery Literature Project based at Arizona State University, 2005-present

Editorial Board, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 1994-present

Humanities Institute Executive Committee, UB, 2005-09

Co-Organizer, Humanities Institute Conference on Human Trafficking, UB, October 2007

Chair, Gender Week 2007 (10th Anniversary Celebration of UB’s Gender Institute)

National Endowment for the Humanities Review Panelist for Collaborative Research Fellowships, 2006

Ford Foundation Fellowship Review Panelist, 1998-2004

Advisory Committee, Public Media Foundation, Boston. 1992-2000

Recent Awards and Grants

Humanities Institute Research Workshop Grants for Feminist Research Alliance.  2010-11, 2011-12.

Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship, SUNY at Buffalo.  2008-09.

Gender Institute Service Award, SUNY at Buffalo.  2007.

Canadian-American Studies Committee Research Grants. SUNY at Buffalo. 2006-07; 2010-11.

Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy Research Grant. SUNY at Buffalo. 2005-06.

Invited by the Chinese Government (Zhejiang Province) to participate as their guest in an international literary conference and tour.  May 19-30, 2005.

Certificate of Recognition for Positive Influence on Students. Presented by Division of Student Affairs. SUNY at Buffalo, 2005.

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