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Hannah Bailey

ABD History

Advisor: Brett Rushforth
Email: hebailey@email.wm.edu
Current Research: French Atlantic, Historiography and Historical Memory, Race and Ethnicity

Bio

Hannah graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010, with degrees in History and French, and a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Hannah’s interests in gender and historic memory led her to study how women like Eliza Jaquelin Ambler Brent Carrington remembered, defined, and recorded their experiences during the American Revolution for her master's thesis. In her dissertation, Hannah studies the interconnectivity between developing notions of race and the expansion of the African slave trade in the early modern French Atlantic. Hannah uses histories of West Africa written by individuals like Jean-Baptiste Labat to help explain why, in early eighteenth-century accounts of the region, the fiction of African inferiority began to supersede the fact of African political and economic dominance on the West African coast.