Historian of the Caribbean & Latin America named Assistant Professor at Saint Michael's College

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Wed, 08/03/2011 - 6:02am -- tricia

Dr. Kathryn R. Dungy, who earned her doctorate in Caribbean and Latin American History from Duke University, was named assistant professor history at Saint Michael's College. Professor Dungy was a visiting assistant professor at Saint Michael’s from 2010 to 2011, and has now been named to that position on a tenure track, effective for the fall 2011 semester.
“I hope to instill excitement about Caribbean history and culture in my students,” she said. “It’s such an exciting realm. I also hope to encourage students to study abroad, as I see that as a wonderful world-expanding experience,” she added.
Professor Dungy will be teaching survey courses on Latin America from the colonial to the modern period, and upper level courses on various themes, particularly the intersection of race, class and gender in the Americas—North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
Professor Dungy was an assistant professor of Caribbean and Latin American History at New College of Florida in Sarasota from 2004 to 2010; assistant professor of Latin American History at the University of Vermont from 2000 to 2004, visiting instructor at UVM from 1999 to 2000; and scholar-in-residence at UVM from 1998 to 1999.
Dr. Dungy is a great believer in the power of studying abroad. One of her publications is “Students Speak for Themselves: Experiences in Costa Rica and The Dominican Republic,” in Black Students and Overseas Programs: Broadening the Base of Participation (1991); another is “People of Different Shades: Travel Writers’ Accounts of Early 19th C. Puerto Rico,” in a Spanish-language publication of 2005. She has also written World Book Encyclopedia 2006 entries, print and web editions, on “Trinidad and Tobago,” “British Virgin Islands,” and “Guyana.” Another of her publications is “Live and Let Live: Native and Immigrant Free People of color in Early 19th C. Puerto Rico,” in theJournal of Caribbean Studies, (2005), pp. 79-112. She has several other publications and two articles under consideration, as well as a manuscript proposal, The Conceptualization of Race in Colonial Puerto Rico, 1800-1850.
Kathryn Dungy earned her bachelor’s degree in history and sociology from Spelman College, magna cum laude, in 1991; her master’s in history—American history and Antebellum South from Duke University in 1993, and her doctorate in history, also from Duke, in 2000 with a dissertation on 19th Century Puerto Rico.
Her dissertation focused on Puerto Rico, which ended slavery, she said, when the United States did—much later than the rest of Latin America; slaves were only less that ten percent of the population and free people of color were half the population. “This was very unusual in the Caribbean context; these are the people I studied,” she said.
Professor Dungy and her husband Tim Voight reside in South Burlington. Her husband is co-owner of Pensionworks in Colchester.