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Gunja SenGupta


Location: 1105 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5303
Fax: 718.951.4504

Gunja SenGupta's current interests lie in 19th-century U.S. and slavery/abolition in the Indian Ocean; sectional conflict; African American and women's history. Her first book, For God and Mammon: Evangelicals and Entrepreneurs, Masters and Slaves in Territorial Kansas(1996), dealt with sectional conflict and consensus. In From Slavery to Poverty: The Racial Origins of Welfare in New York, 1840-1918 (2009), she explored welfare debates as sites for negotiating identities of race, gender, and nation. Her third (co-authored) book, Sojourners, Sultans, and Slaves: America and the Indian Ocean in the Age of Abolition and Empire, funded by Whiting, Wolfe, Tow, and Mellon awards, was just published by the University of California Press in 2023. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals including the American Historical Review, Journal of Negro (African American) History, Civil War History, Kansas History, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and Transition Magazine.

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