Department of History
Cockefair Hall 203
FAX (816) 235-5723
Diane Mutti-Burke, Associate Professor of History, (Ph.D., 2004, Emory University). Publications: On Slavery's Border: Missouri's Small-Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2010), as well as a number of articles about slavery and the Civil War in Missouri. I teach courses on the history of women in early America, 19th-century American social history, the Civil War, and the American South.
I am currently working on three book projects: an edited and annotated diary of a 19th-century Missouri woman named Paulina Donald Stratton; a co-edited volume of essays about Missouri and Kansas during the era of the Civil War; and a monograph that focuses on the experiences of refugees during the American Civil War. In 2008, I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. As the director of the Center for Midwestern Studies at UMKC, I am dedicated to bringing the history of this region to a public audience. I often speak to local groups and have been actively involved in the development of Civil War sesquicentennial programming in Missouri and Kansas. In addition, I have directed a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture K-12 Teacher Workshop on the Missouri/Kansas Border Wars, hosted by UMKC, during the summers of 2008, 2010, and 2012.