Frances Bell

Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Paul Mapp
Current Research: Atlantic World History; Race and Ethnicity; Cultural/Intellectual


Frances graduated with a first-class History degree from the University of Glasgow in 2015. Her undergraduate thesis explored the interplay between social, cultural, racial, and national identities during the Haitian Revolution, with a particular focus on the cultural and ideological divisions within the revolutionary movement. She continues to build on this research in her graduate studies, and achieved her master's with papers on the rhetoric of Jean-Jacques Dessalines and French refugees from the revolution in Virginia.

During her master's year, Frances worked as an editorial apprentice at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and completed a fellowship in historical editing with the institute in Summer 2017. She currently works as a teaching assistant.