May Intersession 2016 Office Hours: by appointment
Bio: 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 current research focuses on slavery and emancipation on the Kansas-Missouri line, looking particularly at the slave experience and the social geography of enslaved labor. Her book manuscript, currently titled Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras, is under contract with The University of Georgia Press as part of their Early American Places series, and is expected to appear in 2016. She is also working on other research projects, including a study of anti-abolitionist violence in the Upper South, and her historical interests include race relations in the trans-Mississippi West, women’s roles in religious reform, and material culture. Her teaching interests include slavery and abolitionism, antebellum America, sectionalism, and the Civil War. She has worked for the Kansas State Historical Society as a project archivist and has also undertaken other writing and research projects, including some work for the Kansas City Lyric Opera’s production about the abolitionist John Brown.