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Gunja SenGupta
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College|Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D, Tulane University
Research Interests: African American history; U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction; Race and Welfare; History, Memory and Films of the Black Atlantic; Comparative/Transnational Perspectives on Slavery, Poverty and Abolition in the North Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds

Selected Publications


From Slavery to Poverty: The Racial Origins of Welfare in New York, 1840-1918 (New York: New York University Press, 2009)

For God and Mammon: Evangelicals and Entrepreneurs, Masters and Slaves in Territorial Kansas, 1854-1860 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1996)

Selected Articles/ Book Chapters

 "The Blackamoor as Voyager: Re-Significations in Transit from Old Worlds to Estevanico, Abraham Lincoln, Bayou Ballads, and William Attaway," in Awam Amkpa ed., Re-Significations: European Blackamoors, Africana Readings (Rome: Postcart, 2016), 75-93.

(With Awam Amkpa) "History in Ousmane Sembène's Guelwaar and Ceddo," Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (2010).

(With Awam Amkpa) “Picturing Homes and Border Crossings: The Slavery Trope in Films of the Black Atlantic,” in Ana-Lucia Araujo ed.,  Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities, and Images (New York: Cambria Press, 2011), 359-387.

(With Awam Amkpa) “ History in Ousmane Sembène’s Guelwaar and Ceddo,” Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (Fall 2010), 14-21.

"Elites, Subalterns, and American Identities: A Case Study of African American Benevolence," American Historical Review 109 (October 2004): 1104-1139.

"Bleeding Kansas: A Review Essay," in Virgil Dean ed., Territorial Kansas Reader (Topeka, KS: Kansas State Historical Society, 2005), revised and updated version of 2001 article in Kansas History, part of award-winning Review Essay series honored by American Association of State and Local History

"Black and 'Dangerous'? African-American Working Poor Perspectives on Juvenile Reform and Welfare in Victorian New York, 1840-1890," Journal of Negro History LXXXVI (Spring 2001): 99-131.

"'A Model New England State': Northeastern Antislavery in Territorial Kansas, 1854-1860," Civil War History 29 (March 1993): 31-46.

"Servants for Freedom: Christian Abolitionists in Territorial Kansas, 1854-1858," Kansas History 16 (Autumn 1993): 200-213.

Book Reviews/Review Essays

American Historical Review, Annals of Iowa, Georgia Historical Quarterly; Great Plains Quarterly; History: Review of New Books; Journal of American Ethnic History;Journal of the Civil War Era; Journal of Southern History; Journal of the West; Kansas History; Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Entries/Short Essays under contract in Peter Parish ed., Reader's Guide to American History (1997), and Hasia R. Diner ed., Enclyclopedia of American Women's History (2010).