Kathryn Dungy Associate Professor of History



M.A., Ph.D. Duke University
B.A. Spelman College

Areas of Expertise:

Social and cultural history of Latin America and the Caribbean; gender and race identity; Atlantic World, Antebellum U.S.

Courses I Teach:

Colonial Latin America
Early Caribbean
Modern Latin America
Modern Caribbean
Race, Class and Gender in the Americas
Slavery in the Americas
Senior Seminar


I love to integrate my research into my teaching. You will often find pictures from my research trips in my lecture slides and papers or articles discovered at conferences introduced as readings for classes. Presently I am working on a manuscript entitled The Conceptualization of Race in Colonial Puerto Rico, 1800-1850, which I hope to have published in the near future.


Life Off Campus:

I love to travel and am a huge advocate of study abroad (I spent my junior year abroad in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.). My hobbies are photography, embroidery, and cross-country skiing. When at home I spend my time gardening, cooking with my husband, and playing with my cats – a Burmese, Antonio Maceo and a Bombay, El Hajj Malik el-Shabazz.

Recent News

Kathryn R. Dungy, associate professor of Caribbean and Latin American History, presented paper at international conference Slavery in the African World: Interrogating the Past and Confronting the Present hosted by Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN in March 2019. Her conference paper was titled “We point to Liberia as our promised Land”: The Liberia Colonization project through the eyes of colonists John B. Russwurm and Martin Henry Freeman on the conference panel, Historicizing Slavery across Time and Space.” Kathryn also gave an Invited Lecture at Spelman College, Atlanta GA Tuesday, February 4, “An Experience of a Lifetime:  Developing your Professional Interests through Study Abroad  – _ A Talk with Dr. Kathryn Dungy, CIEE Board of Directors Member & Spelman Alumna ’91.” Kathryn is also  under contract with Cognella, Inc to co-edit a textbook tentatively entitled Becoming Latin America: A Social and Cultural History of Colonial Latin America from pre-Columbian times to 1825.
(posted February 10, 2020)