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Anna Mae Duane

Director, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute; Professor of English, University of Connecticut

Anna Mae Duane, Director of UConn's Humanities Institute and Professor of English, is the author or editor of seven books that explore the role of sympathy in political change. Her most recent book, Educated for Freedom, chronicles how the life-long friendships of the children attending the New York African Free School led to a remarkable cohort of Black leaders who shaped the anti-slavery movement in the United States. Together with Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, Professor Duane co-directs the Yale Gilder Lehrman Center's working group on the Future of Slavery and Emancipation.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, American Studies and English , University of Connecticut


  • 2004 
    Fordham University , PhD