Prithi Kanakamedala is an Assistant Professor of History at Bronx Community College. Her research interests include the Black Atlantic, nineteenth-century free Black communities in Brooklyn and New York, race and citizenship in the early republic, and the material culture of New York City. As a public historian she has worked for Place Matters, Brooklyn Historical Society, Weeksville Heritage Center, and Irondale Ensemble Project. She curated the semi-permanent history exhibit Brooklyn Abolitionists at the Brooklyn Historical Society and served as Historian for the larger public history project entitled In Pursuit of Freedom examining Brooklyn’s nineteenth century anti-slavery movement. Her current work looks at Black and Brown solidarity in early nineteenth century New York. Prithi holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sussex and is originally from Liverpool, England.


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