Gale Kenny, an Assistant Professor, received her PhD and MA from Rice University, and her BA from Northwestern University. She teaches courses on North American religions, including Religion in America I and Religion and America II, Defining Marriage, and Religion and Humanitarianism. Her research has examined religion in relation to transnational social movements, including antislavery, abolitionism, women's rights. Her current research focuses on religion, race, and foreign missions in the early twentieth century.
Her publications include Contentious Liberties: American Abolitionists in Post-Emancipation Jamaica, 1834-1866 (Georgia, 2010), a study of the American Missionary Association's mission in Jamaica. Her articles include “Manliness and Manifest Racial Destiny: Jamaica and African American Emigration in the 1850s,” Journal of the Civil War Era (June 2012), and “Reconstructing a Different South: The American Missionary Association in Jamaica,” Slavery and Abolition (September 2009). Her forthcoming article, "Race, Sympathy, and the Missionary Sensibility in the New England Colonization Movement, 1817-1833," will be appearing in Redirections in the Study of African Colonization, edited by Beverly Tomek and Matthew C. Hetrick.
Her manuscript-in-progress is entitled True Friends of Africa: The Making of Protestant Humanitarianism in the Early Twentieth Century. In it she traces the development of a humanitarian sensibility by liberal Protestant missionaries involved in African missions and black education in the southern United States from the 1890s through the 1950s.