Bianca Dang

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Bianca Dang is a Ph.D. candidate in African American Studies and History. Her dissertation, “ ‘This country is exceedingly fertile’: African American Emigration, Gendered Land Claims, and Visions of Rural Autonomy in Haiti, 1824-1880,” traces the gendered dimensions of the personal and political connections that African Americans and Haitians formed throughout the nineteenth century. Her dissertation argues that Haiti in the mid-nineteenth century was a critical site where transnational ideas about abolition, freedom, and Black solidarity emerged. Her dissertation examines the role of land claims in liberation movements and is especially focused on how Black women, both Haitian and American, enacted innovative legal, diplomatic, and religious strategies to combat racism and misogyny.