Kari Winter


Kari Winter.

Kari Winter


Kari Winter



American literature and history from the 18th century to the present; transatlantic slavery and resistance; women’s literature; Africans in early New England; genre studies (e.g., the novel, auto/biographies); food, gardening, film, television

We need to create narratives about identity, interconnection, place, and planet that are historically accurate, socially just, and artistically visionary.


  • PhD, English, University of Minnesota, 1990
  • BA (with honors), English and History, Indiana University, 1981


  • "The American Dreams of John B. Prentis, Slave-Trader,"  Race in the Atlantic World, 1700-1900 Series – U of Georgia P, 2011
  • "The Blind African Slave: or, Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch, Nick-named Jeffrey Brace," Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography Series – U of Wisconsin P, 2005
  • "Subjects of Slavery, Agents of Change: Women and Power in Gothic Novels and Slave Narratives, 1790-1865" – U of Georgia P, 1992, 1995, 2010


Professor of American Studies in the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University at Buffalo, Kari J. Winter served as the Director of the UB Gender Institute (2011-17) and Executive Director of the UB Humanities Institute (interim, 2017-18).  She completed a PhD in English at the University of Minnesota (1990) and a BA in English and History at Indiana University (1981).  Her books include The American Dreams of John B. Prentis, Slave Trader (Race in the Atlantic World series, U of Georgia P, 2011), The Blind African Slave: or, Memoirs of Boyrereau Brinch, Nick-named Jeffrey Brace (scholarly edition of long-lost 1810 slave narrative; Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography series, 2005), and Subjects of Slavery, Agents of Change: Women and Power in Gothic Novels and Slave Narratives, 1790-1865 (U of Georgia P, 1992, 1995, 2010). 

In addition to her books, Winter has published dozens of scholarly articles, book chapters, encyclopedia essays, and book reviews.  She has presented keynote addresses, conference papers, and guest lectures at more than eighty venues on four continents.  Committed to broad scholarly citizenship, she has reviewed books, book manuscripts, and article manuscripts for 40 academic presses and journals as well as fellowship and grant applications for the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Ford Foundation and various departments and universities.  The recipient of awards for research, teaching and service, her research has been supported by multiple grants from three universities as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, the Just Buffalo Civil Writes Project, and the Zhejiang Provincial Government, China.

In the past decade Winter has organized or co-organized a dozen local, national, and international conferences and more than two hundred scholarly workshops, film screenings, festivals, and other events. She has created and raised funds for multiple undergraduate, graduate student, and faculty scholarships, fellowships, and awards to foster research, curriculum development, mentoring and social justice.

Prof. Winter is committed to the Public Humanities---to cultivating collaborations and conversations between academic scholars, nontraditional scholars, artists, activists, community organizations---all of the people who comprise humanity and who create the humanities.  This commitment propels her active engagement with public media.  Interviews and stories about her work have appeared in dozens of newspapers, on radio and television, and in podcasts and films, including the New York Times, Associated Press, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, The Chronicle of Higher Education, El Español (Spain), Mirror Evening Newspaper (Beijing, China); NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air, C-Span, Voice of America, Conversations with Kenyatta podcast, RCN Radio Network of Colombia (Bogota), and Japanese public television.

She is currently writing a screenplay for a four-part series about slavery and freedom in early New New England focused on the life of Jeffrey Brace (ca. 1742-1827).