Karen Cook Bell is Associate Professor of History at Bowie State University. She received the Ph.D. in history from Howard University. Her areas of specialization include slavery and the slave trade, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and women’s history. Her scholarship has appeared in the Journal of African American History; Georgia Historical Quarterly; Passport; U.S. West-Africa: Interaction and Relations (2008); Before Obama: A Reappraisal of Black Reconstruction Era Politicians (2012); Converging Identities: Blackness in the Contemporary Diaspora (2013); and Slavery and Freedom in Savannah (2014). She has published the textbook Special Topics on the U.S., Africa, and Europe (Pearson, 2016) and Claiming Freedom: Race, Kinship, and Land in Nineteenth Century Georgia (University of South Carolina Press, 2018), which received the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council Excellence in Research Award. She is a former American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellow. Follow her on Twitter @kbphd08.