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Kristen Epps

Assistant Professor


Irby 403

(501) 450-5616

Spring 2017 Office Hours: TR 3:00-4:30; W 11:00-1:45; by appointment

Dr. Epps completed her doctorate at the University of Kansas in 2010, after earning her master’s degree at The College of William and Mary and her bachelor’s degree at William Jewell College. Her book, Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras (2016), is a history of slavery and emancipation on the Kansas-Missouri line, focusing particularly on the social geography of labor. She is working on various other research projects, including studies of the Fugitive Slave Law and anti-abolitionist violence in the Upper South, and her other interests include race relations in the trans-Mississippi West, women’s roles in antebellum reform, and American religious history.

Dr. Epps teaches courses on slavery and abolition, antebellum America, sectionalism, and the Civil War, as well as methods courses. She has worked for the Kansas Historical Society as a project archivist and has also undertaken other writing and research projects, including work for the Kansas City Lyric Opera’s production about the abolitionist John Brown. She is also the Digital Media Editor for The Journal of the Civil War Era, published by the University of North Carolina Press and the Richards Civil War Center at Penn State.