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

Contact Information

1007 Clemens Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-0827


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


For the past three years, Kari Winter's work has focused on spearheading "Reclaiming Our Ancestors," a national network of scholars, artists, and activists aimed to promote racial justice and public history through focusing on attention on 18th- and 19th-century African Americans and their descendants in the 21st century.  She also is working with a team of filmmakers based in Vermont to create a television series about 18th- and 19th-century multicultural people in northern New England, primarily African Americans and Abenakis.

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, including the New York Times, Associated Press, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, El Español (Spain), Mirror Evening Newspaper (Beijing, China), and dozens of local newspapers; in many radio programs, including NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air, Voice of America, RCN Radio Network of Colombia (Bogota),  and local radio stations around the US; and many television programs and documentary films, from Vermont to Japan. Recently, Prof. Winter was asked to comment in Global Citizen on the New Zealand terror attack, https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/new-zealand-pm-global-fight-racism/

In addition to her three books, Kari Winter has published dozens of scholarly articles, book chapters, encyclopedia essays, and book reviews.  She has presented conference papers and invited lectures at more than eighty venues on four continents (Africa, Europe, North America, and South America).  Committed to broad scholarly citizenship, she has reviewed book manuscripts and essays for 26 academic presses and journals and for many years has reviewed fellowship and grant applications for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Ford Foundation.  She has received awards for research, teaching and service, and her research has been supported by grants from three universities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Zhejiang Provincial Government, China.

In her current position as interim Executive Director of UB's Humanities Institute and in a variety of previous roles, including six years as the Director of UB's Gender Institute, Kari 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, including two powwows in Vermont at the turn of this century.  She has created and raised funds for many undergraduate, graduate student, and faculty scholarships, fellowships, and awards.