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Frances Bell

Ph.D. Student (ABD)

Advisor: Hannah Rosen
Current Research: Atlantic World, Race and Ethnicity, Diaspora and Migration


Frances graduated with a first-class History degree from the University of Glasgow in 2015, and an M.A. from the College of William & Mary in 2017. Her undergraduate thesis explored the interplay between social, cultural, racial, and national identities during the Haitian Revolution, and her masters portfolio consisted of papers on the rhetoric of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, and French refugees from the revolution in Virginia. Frances's dissertation examines the experiences of the enslaved people brought to the United States by refugees from the Haitian Revolution between 1791 and 1840, and combines her interests in the revolution with broader interests in Atlantic migration, slavery, and the law.