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Prithi Kanakamedala
Position: Associate Professor of History
Campus Affiliation: Bronx Community College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., University of Sussex; B.A. (Hons), Somerville College, Oxford University.
Research Interests: History of New York City, 19th Century New York, New York’s free Black Communities, Material Culture, Public History, Archives, Digital Humanities

Concentrations taught in MALS: New York Studies

Courses Taught in MALS:
Narratives of New York: Literature and the Visual Arts (Fall 2020)
Metropolis: A Political, Historical, and Sociological Profile of NYC (Spring 2022)


“‘In Honor of Himself’: Entrepreneurship and Economic Self-Determination in Antebellum Brooklyn, New York.” African American Literature in Transition, 1750-2015, Volume 2: 1800-1830, edited by Jasmine Nichole Cobb, Cambridge University Press, 2021.

The City Amplified: Oral Histories and Radical Archives, a collection of essays from The City Amplified Working Group at the Graduate Center CUNY, co-edited by Prithi Kanakamedala and Allison Guess, New York: Printed at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2019.

Review of Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim CrowNew York History 100, no. 1 (2019): 169-173. doi:10.1353/nyh.2019.0017.

“St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery.” Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown DanceCatalog. New York, NY: Danspace Project, 2018.

“Considered a Citizen of the United States”: George DeGrasse, a South Asian in Early (African) America.” Indo-American Encounters in the Early Republic, edited by Anupama Arora and Rajender Kaur, Palgrave, 2017

About Professor Prithi Kanakamedala

Prithi Kanakamedala an Associate Professor in the History Department at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York where she teaches U.S. History, African-American History, and the History of New York City. Her research looks at community-building, race, and citizenship in Brooklyn and New York’s 19th-century free Black communities.

As a public historian she has worked with a range of cultural organizations including Danspace Project Inc, Place Matters/ City Lore, Brooklyn Historical Society (now Center for Brooklyn History at Brooklyn Public Library), and Weeksville Heritage Center. You can follow her on Twitter @pkanaka