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Kali Nicole Gross

Professor of African American Studies

Center for African American St,

Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


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BA Cornell University
MA University of Pennsylvania
PHD University of Pennsylvania

Kali Nicole Gross

Kali Nicole Gross is Professor of African American Studies at Wesleyan University. Her research concentrates on black women’s historical experiences in the United States criminal justice system.

Her book, Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence, and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880-1910 (Duke University Press, 2006) received the John Hope Franklin Center manuscript prize in 2005 and the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians in 2006. Her second book, Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America, was released on February 3, 2016 by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Gross has been featured on NPR, BookTV/C-SPAN2, PCNTV, and a number of radio and television programs, and her opinion pieces on race, gender, and criminal justice can be found in BBC News, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Root, The New Black Man (In Exile), American Prospect, Ebony, JET, Warscapes, and Truthout.

She is currently working on a co-authored book with Daina Ramey Berry, A Black Woman’s History of the United States (Beacon 2018), and she is in the early stages of a project exploring the historical experiences of gender non-conforming individuals in the carceral state.

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