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Christina LeBlanc
  • 2020-2021 Graduate Fellow


Christina LeBlanc is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History studying US foreign and domestic disaster policy and gender in the Caribbean and Gulf Coast after World War II.  Her work has been supported by fellowships from the US Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Program and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.  She is writing her dissertation, “After the Storm: Disaster and Development in Puerto Rico, 1928-1960,” under the direction of Professor Jana Lipman. Her dissertation examines how political status and gender shape US federal disaster relief at home and abroad.

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