Kim Warren

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  • Associate Professor
  • Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • History of Gender and Race in African American and Native American Education; History of Kansas; United States History; Women's History; Citizenship and American Identity; Race and Gender Relations; Identity Development in the African Diaspora

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall, Room 3616
Office Hours: By Appointment via Zoom
Or in-person at the KU Edwards Campus


Professor Warren (Ph.D. and M.A. Stanford; B.A. Yale) is a scholar of gender and race in African American and Native American studies, history of education, and United States history. Warren's publications include The Quest for Citizenship: African American and Native American Education in Kansas, 1880–1935 (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), which examines the formation of African American and Native American citizenship, belonging, and identity in the United States by comparing their educational experiences in Kansas between 1880 and 1935. A postdoctoral fellowship from the Spencer Foundation/National Academy for Education supported the completion of the book. She is also editor with John L. Rury of Transforming the University of Kansas:  A History, 1965-2015 (University Press of Kansas, 2015).  Warren's other publications include examinations of Native American masculinity and athletics, separate gender spheres ideology, and African American tourism in West Africa. Warren’s second monograph, an investigation of Mary McLeod Bethune's political strategies to advance the movements of women and African Americans in the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, has been supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.  Professor Warren was the Danish Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark through the Fulbright Foundation in 2017-18.


History of gender and race in African American and Native American education; history of Kansas; United States history; women's history; citizenship and American identity; race and gender relations; identity development in the African Diaspora; social, civil rights, and reform movements.


Professor Warren’s teaching experiences include women's history, citizenship and American identity, race and gender relations, identity development in the African Diaspora, as well as social, civil rights, and reform movements. Warren regularly offers service-learning options in her upper-level women's history course; a link to her electronic course poster in the Center for Teaching Excellence gallery can be seen here. A faculty consultant on two Teaching American History grants, Warren has also served as primary advisor for several middle- and high-school social studies and history teachers pursuing M.A. degrees through the Department of History. Warren has served as both Undergraduate and Graduate Director for the Department, and continues to serve as primary advisor for several honors undergraduates and graduate students in the Ph.D. program.

Recent Courses:

  • HIST 128: United States History through the Civil War
  • HIST 301: The Historian’s Craft
  • HIST 319: History, Women, Diversity in America
  • HIST 353: Indigenous Peoples of North America
  • HIST 530: United States Women’s History before 1870
  • HIST 531: United States Women’s History after 1870
  • HIST 609: Women and Reform
  • HIST 891: Graduate Colloquium in US History: 19th Century
  • HIST 895: Colloquium in Gender History

Selected Publications