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Kali Nicole Gross

Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

M.A., University of Pennsylvania

B.A., Cornell University, (magna cum laude)

At Rutgers since 2017

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My research concentrates on black women’s experiences in the United States criminal justice system between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Additionally, my writing frequently explores how legacies of race, gender, and justice currently shape mass incarceration.


  • African American History, 1865 to present
  • African American Women’s History
  • Race, gender, and justice in United States History


  • A Black Women’s History of the United States. Co-authored with Daina Ramey Berry (Forthcoming, Beacon Press, 2019).
  • Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America. (Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence, and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880-1910. (Duke University Press, 2006).
  • Special Issue: Gendering the Carceral State: African American Women, History, and Criminal Justice, Journal of African American History, guest ed. K. N. Gross and C. D. Hicks, 100 (no. 3, Summer 2015).
  • “African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Politics of Protection,” Special Issue: Historians and the Carceral State, Journal of American History, 102 (no. 1, June 2015), 25–33.
  • “Exploring Crime and Violence in Early-Twentieth-Century Black Women’s History,” in Contesting Archives: Historians Develop Methodologies for Finding Women in the Sources, ed. Nupur Chaudhuri, Sherry Katz, and Betsy Perry (University of Illinois Press, 2010), 56–71.


  • The Op-Ed Project, Public Voices Fellow, 2014
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Scholar-in-Residence, 2007
  • Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize, Association of Black Women Historians, 2006
  • Lindback Research Award, 2006
  • John Hope Franklin Center Manuscript Prize, 2005


  • African American Intellectual History Society
  • Association of Black Women Historians
  • American Historical Association
  • Association for the Study of African-American Life and History
  • Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora
  • Organization of American Historians


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