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

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)



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


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