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Cathryn Perini

Field & Specialties

19th Century United States History
Slavery Studies
Women and Gender History
Wet nursing


M.A. University of Reading (2021)

B.A. University of Kentucky (2020)


Cathryn Perini is a first-year PhD student studying enslaved women, slave hiring, and reproductive labor. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in History in 2020 and from the University of Reading with her MA in History in 2021. Her master's thesis looked at the capitalistic market of hiring out enslaved labor, how enslaved wet nurses might have experienced forcible relocation for bodily exploitation, and how archival silences impact the ways that historians might navigate intentional speculation within their research. Her current research is looking at reproductive labor in hiring out, relocation, and communities.