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Kari J. Winter

Professor of American Studies
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences


Gender, feminism, race, class, slavery, politics of food, literature

Head shot of Kari J. Winter.

Kari J. Winter can speak to the media on a wide variety of topics tied to gender, race, class and American literature and history.

She served as director of UB’s Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender (Gender Institute), which supports research on women and on the intricate connections between gender and other social forces, such as sexuality, race, class, health, age, religion and place.

Winter’s own research focuses on 18th- and 19th-century American culture, particularly the history and literature of transatlantic slavery and resistance. In 2015, she organized and hosted an unprecedented workshop for the descendants of slaves who wrote narratives documenting their experiences.

A devoted ecofeminist and gardener, she is interested in the power of art, especially literature, film, visual arts, and architecture, to enhance the human capacity to imagine, perceive and pay attention.  She has researched and taught subjects tied to the power of storytelling, including the Revolutionary era, African American literary history, transnational women’s literature, American Indian literature and genre studies (the novel, autobiography and biography).


Kari J. Winter, PhD
Professor of American Studies
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences