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Dana Elizabeth Weiner - Wilfrid Laurier University. Waterloo, ON, CA

Dana Elizabeth Weiner Dana Elizabeth Weiner

Associate Professor, History Department | Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo, ON, CANADA

US Historian, expert on African American history, activism, debates over rights, citizenship in the US to 1880.


My research explores race, activism, grassroots politics and the historical connections among race, rights and citizenship. I am available to consult about Americans' long history of debates over rights and inclusion. I have published about antislavery and antiracist activism in the present day Midwest. I now examine how people limited rights on the basis of race in early 19th century California and the California "Black Laws."

I focus on citizenship claims and rights activism among California African Americans from 1821-1870, and I analyze and re-evaluate 19th century debates between the state and California African Americans over citizenship’s meanings.

Industry Expertise (3)

Education/Learning Research Government Administration

Areas of Expertise (17)

United States History US History Early US History 19th Century US History US Race Race in the United States Activism in the US US Slavery Slavery in the US US Women's History US Citizenship, pre-1900 African American History History of California Abolition Antislavery history Rights in the US Gender History

Education (3)

University of California, San Diego: BA, History (Honors) and Women's Studies

Magna Cum Laude

Northwestern University: MA, History (United States)

Northwestern University: PhD, History (United States)

Certificate in Gender Studies

Affiliations (1)

  • Member of the Graduate Faculty, WLU