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October 9, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Dr. Dana Elizabeth Weiner

Associate Professor
American History to 1877; African American history; race, gender, and politics

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2092

Office Location: DAWB 4-153
Office Hours: Spring-Summer 2015: by appointment
Academic Background

BA, University of California, San Diego
MA, Northwestern University
PhD, Northwestern University


Academic Interests

My broader research interests are in grassroots politics, social reform, and debates over rights in early U.S. history. I enjoy teaching about the development of race in the United States, slavery, the intersection of politics with women's and gender history, activism, and the myriad changes that the new nation experienced as it unified, expanded, and divided in its early centuries of existence.

My book on the anti-slavery and anti-Black Law movement in the Old Northwest was published in March 2013.

Dana Elizabeth Weiner, Race and Rights: Fighting Slavery and Prejudice in the Old Northwest, 1830-1870. Early American Places Series. De Kalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2013.

Winner, best History book, 2014 Midwest Book Awards.

My current project explores the racialization of rights in early nineteenth century California and the California "Black Laws."

Feel free to stop by office hours to discuss any of these issues, or United States history more generally.

Graduate Supervision

I am available to supervise graduate students interested in a range of topics in colonial and United States history to 1877, including the history of activism and reform movements, the U.S. West, the Old Northwest, women's and gender history, race, grassroots politics, and debates over rights.

In the News

Research Profile from Inside Laurier, April 2013

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