Kelly Kennington

kmk0019Kelly Kennington received her Ph.D. in history from Duke University in 2009. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of History at Auburn University, teaching courses in United States history, the American South, World History, and the History of American Slavery. Her research interests include slavery, law, and the antebellum American South and she most recently published an article, “Geography, Mobility, and the Law: Suing for Freedom in Antebellum St. Louis,” in the Journal of Southern History. Her current book project, In the Shadow of Dred Scott: St. Louis Freedom Suits and the Development of Slaves’ Legal Culture in Antebellum America, expands on her dissertation and focuses on enslaved litigants—in St. Louis and elsewhere—who sued for freedom in the antebellum years.