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Kellie Carter Jackson

Assistant Professor of History, Hunter College

Kellie Carter Jackson is a 19th century historian in the Department of History at Hunter College, CUNY. Carter Jackson's research focuses on violence as a political discourse, slavery and emancipation in the Atlantic World, historical film, and black women’s history. Her manuscript, Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence, examines the political and social tensions preceding the American Civil War. Before coming to Hunter College, she was a Harvard College Fellow in the Department of African & African American Studies at Harvard University. She has published articles such as, "Is Viola Davis in it?: Black Women Actors and the Single Stories of Historical Film" in Transition Magazine (Issue 114), "Violence and Political History," in the American Historical Association's Perspectives on History magazine, and a chapter, "'At the Risk of Our Own Lives': Violence and the Fugitive Slave Law in Pennsylvania" in the edited collection, The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African American Experience. Carter Jackson sits on the Editorial Board for Transition Magazine (Harvard University) and is a contributor to Cognoscenti, WBUR's ideas and opinion page (Boston's NPR news station) and Quartz, an online division of The Atlantic Monthly. She is also co-editing a book with Erica L. Ball on Reconsidering Roots: Observations on the 40th Anniversary of a TV Mini-Series that changed the Way We Understood American Slavery. Carter Jackson currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.


  • 2012–2013
    Fellow, Harvard University
  • 2010–2011
    Fellow, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History


  • 2010 
    Columbia University, Ph.D. in American History
  • 2007 
    Columbia University, M. Phil. in American History
  • 2006 
    Columbia Uniersity, M.A. in American History
  • 2004 
    Howard University, B.A. Cum Laude in Print Journalism