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Kelly Erby

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts
Emory University, Master of Arts
Emory University, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History

Assistant professor, Washburn University, 2011-present

Visiting lecturer, Georgia State University, 2010-2011

Mellon teaching fellow, Agnes Scott College, 2009-2010

Instructor, Oglethorpe University, 2007-2009

Instructor and Teaching Assistant, Emory University, 2007

  • HI 111 A, US History through Civil War
  • HI 111 B, US History through Civil War
  • HI 111 VA, US History through Civil War
  • HI 112 B, US History Since Civil War
  • HI 300 B, Topics in History
  • HI 315 A, Women in US History
  • HI 395 A, History Forum
  • HN 202 D, Seminar in the Social Sciences
  • HN 202 G, Seminar in the Social Sciences
  • LE 399 A, Special Topics in Leadership
  • WG 399 C, Special Topics
Scholarly Interests/Activities
Nineteenth-century American social and cultural history; food and dining in America; popular culture; urban history; gender history; abolitionism
Service Interests/Activities

Book Review editor, Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains

Editor, Washburn Department of History Newsletter (published each semester)

Organizer, Washburn Gender Brown Bag Series

Lincoln Lecture Committee

Honors Council

Diversity Initiative

Kansas Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies

I am also the Concurrent Enrollment Program Liaison for the Department of History, overseeing introductory-level college history classes in local Topeka high schools.

Career Accomplishments

Restaurant Republic: The Rise of Public Dining in Boston (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016).

Co-curator, “Portrait and Text: African American Artists of Dance, Music and the Written Word,” MARBL (Atlanta, GA), 2011

Mellon Foundation Graduate Teaching Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2009-2010

“Worthy of Respect: Black Waiters in Boston before the Civil War.” Food and History 5 (February 2008): 205-18

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