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Laurent Dubois, Professor of Romance Studies and History and African & African American Studies and Bass Fellow of Romance Studies

Laurent Dubois

I am a specialist on the history and culture of the Atlantic world, with a focus on the Caribbean and particularly Haiti. I am the faculty director of the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University, and write for magazines including the New Republic, Sports Illustrated, and the New Yorker. I recently completed a book entitled The Banjo: America's African instrument, which is forthcoming with Harvard University Press in the Spring of 2016. I have received a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, a National Humanities Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship to support this work. My most recent book Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (Metropolitan Books, 2012) tells the history of the country from it's founding revolution to the present day. In 2010 I published Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France, and continue to write about soccer at my blog Soccer Politics. In 2004 I published Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (Harvard) as well as A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (Published by UNC Press for the Omohundro Institute), which won four book prizes including the Frederick Douglass Prize. I have also co-edited a collection of documents on the Haitian Revolution with John Garrigus, a reader entitled Origins of the Black Atlantic with Julius Scott and, with Thomas Bender and Richard Rabinowitz, the catalogue for the exhibit Revolution!: The Atlantic World Reborn, for which I was co-chair of the scholar's committee. I am also co-editing the "Haiti Reader" for Duke University Press. I advise graduate students in both History and Romance Studies, working on a range of topics in Caribbean and French colonial and post-colonial studies.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  213 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3112
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://duboisl2.wordpress.com/

Teaching (Fall 2019):

  • HISTORY 706S.01, PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP Synopsis
    Perkins 088, Tu 11:45 AM-02:15 PM
Teaching (Spring 2020):

  • ROMST 362D.001, SOCCER POLITICS Synopsis
    Soc/Psych 130, Tu 10:05 AM-11:20 AM; Gray 228, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as HISTORY 266D.001, ICS 204D.001)
  • ROMST 362D.01D, SOCCER POLITICS Synopsis
    Social Sciences 124, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as HISTORY 266D.01D, ICS 204D.01D)
  • ROMST 362D.02D, SOCCER POLITICS Synopsis
    Perkins 079, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as HISTORY 266D.02D, ICS 204D.02D)
  • ROMST 362D.03D, SOCCER POLITICS Synopsis
    Perkins 060, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as HISTORY 266D.03D, ICS 204D.03D)
  • ROMST 790S.01, TOPICS ROMANCE STUDIES Synopsis
    Old Chem 201, Tu 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 890S.01, HISTORY 790S-14.01)
Education:

Ph.D.University of Michigan at Ann Arbor1998
B.A.Princeton University1992
Specialties:

Comparative Colonial Studies
French
Caribbean Studies
Global Transnational History
Modern and Contemporary
Medieval and Early Modern History
Race and Ethnicity
Decolonial and Post-colonial Studies
Latin America and the Caribbean
Globalization, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity
Global and Comparative
Historicism
The Enlightenment in a Global Perspective
Research Interests:

My book Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, which tells the history of the country from it's founding revolution to the present day, was published in January of 2012. In 2010 I published Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France, and continue to write about soccer at my blog Soccer Politics. I have also recently co-edited, with Julius Scott, a reader entitled Origins of the Black Atlantic and, with Thomas Bender and Richard Rabinowitz, the catalogue for the exhibit Revolution!: The Atlantic World Reborn, for which I was co-chair of the scholar's committee. I am also co-editing the "Haiti Reader" for Duke University Press. I am now focusing my research on my book on the history of the banjo (under contract with Harvard University Press), for which I have received a National Humanities Center Fellowship and a Guggenhiem Fellowship. For the past three years, I have held a Mellon New Directions Fellowship which has allowed me to study and research musicology and ethnomusicology. I am the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory at the Franklin Humanities Institute, where I work on collaborative projects in a number of areas including the history of Vodou and the question of land, environment and agriculture. I advice graduate students in both History and Romance Studies, working on a range of topics in Caribbean and French colonial and post-colonial studies.

Keywords:

African diaspora • Caribbean Region • History

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Michael Becker  
  • Claire A. Payton  
  • Eliza Dandridge  
  • Joaquin Bueno  
  • Reginald Patterson  
Postdocs Mentored

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Dubois, L, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2012), Metropolitan Books [9316]  [abs]
  2. Dubois, L, Soccer empire: The World cup and the future of France (June, 2010), University of California Press, ISBN 9780520259287  [abs]
  3. Founding Editor, Soccer Politics Blog (to Present) [wcwp]
  4. Dubois, L, Thinking with Haiti, Ayiti Kraze/Haiti in Fragments, Social Text: Periscope (January, 2010) [available here]
  5. Les Vengeurs du Nouveau Monde: Histoire de la Révolution haïtienne (2006), Editions Les Perseides [index.php]
  6. Dubois, L, Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004), The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press [html]
  7. Dubois, L, A colony of citizens: Revolution and slave emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (January, 2012), pp. 1-452, Published for the Omohundro Institute by the University of North Carolina Press, ISBN 0807828742 [html]  [abs]
  8. Dubois, L, Les esclaves de la République: l'histoire oubliée de la première émancipation, 1789-1794 (1998), Calmann-Lévy  [abs]
  9. Bender, T; Rabinowitz, R; Dubois, L, Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn (2011), Giles Ltd [available here]
  10. Dubois, L; Scott, JS, Origins of the Black Atlantic (2009), Routledge [product_detail.asp]
  11. Haiti's Traces, Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, vol. 39 (November, 2012), pp. 177-187
  12. Dubois, LM, Eloge Pour Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Transition, vol. 109 (Fall, 2012), pp. 21-32
  13. Dubois, LM, Dessalines Toro d'Haiti, William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 69 no. 3 (July, 2012), pp. 541-548, ISSN 0043-5597 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  14. Dubois, L, An atlantic revolution, French Historical Studies, vol. 32 no. 4 (Fall, 2009), pp. 655-661, Duke University Press, ISSN 0016-1071 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  15. Dubois, LM, Reading the Black Jacobins, Seven Decades Later, Nacla Report on the Americas, vol. 42 no. 2 (2009), pp. 38-43 [Reading-Black-Jacobins-7-Decades-Later]
  16. Dubois, LM, Republic At Sea: On the Margins of the New Europe, Transition, vol. 79 (June, 1999), pp. 64-79
  17. Dubois, LM; Camier, B, Voltaire, Zaïre, Dessalines: Le Théâtre des Lumières dans L’Atlantique français, Revue D'Histoire Moderne Et Contemporaine, vol. 54 no. 4 (December, 2007), pp. 39-69
  18. Dubois, LM, Capturing Louverture, Small Axe, vol. 23 (June, 2007), pp. 177-185
  19. Dubois, LM, The Haitian Revolution and the Sale of Louisiana, The Southern Quarterly: a Journal of Arts in the South, vol. 44 no. 3 (Spring, 2007), pp. 18-41
  20. Dubois, LM, Histoires d’esclavage en France et aux Etats-Unis, Esprit (February, 2007), pp. 71-80 [details.php]
  21. Dubois, LM; Josué, E, Le Vodou, Miroir de l’histoire: Dialogue, Tabou: Revue Du Musée D’Ethnologie De Genève, vol. 5 (2007), pp. 325-340 [edition.php]
  22. Dubois, L, An enslaved Enlightenment: Rethinking the intellectual history of the French Atlantic, Social History, vol. 31 no. 1 (February, 2006), pp. 1-14, Informa UK Limited [doi]
  23. Dubois, LM, ’Citoyens et Amis!’ Esclavage, citoyenneté et République dans les Antilles françaises à l’époque révolutionnaire, vol. 58 no. 2 (March, 2003), pp. 281-304 [htm]
  24. Dubois, L, La république métissée: Citizenship, colonialism, and the borders of French history, Cultural Studies, vol. 14 no. 1 (Winter, 2000), pp. 15-34, Informa UK Limited [doi]  [abs]
  25. Dubois, LM, Republican Racism and Anti-Racism: A Caribbean Genealogy, French Politics, Culture and Society, vol. 18 no. 3 (Fall, 2000), pp. 5-17
  26. Dubois, LM, ‘The Price of Liberty’: Victor Hugues and the Administration of Freedom in Guadeloupe, 1794-1802, William and Mary Quarterly, vol. Quarterly 3rd series, LVI no. 2 (April, 1999), pp. 363-392
  27. Dubois, LM, A Spoonful of Blood: Blaming Haitians for AIDS, Science as Culture, vol. 6 no. 26 (Winter, 1997), pp. 7-43
  28. Casimir, J; Dubois, LM, Reckoning in Haiti, in Haiti Rising: Haitian History, Culture, and the Earthquake of 2010, edited by Munro, M (2010), University of West Indies Press
  29. Dubois, L, The French Atlantic, in Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal, edited by Green, JP; Morgan, PD (2009), pp. 137-162, Oxford University Press [available here]
  30. Dubois, L, The Hijab on the Pitch, The Feminist Wire (August, 2012) [available here]
  31. Wolff, A, French World Cup Hero Thuram Working to Battle Racism in Soccer and Society, Sports Illustrated (June, 2012) [html]
  32. Bell, MS, The Haitian Revolution at the Crossroads: A Discussion Between Madison Smartt Bell and Laurent Dubois, Common Place.Org, vol. 7 no. 4 (July, 2007) [available here]
  33. With Michel Giraud, Marc-Olivier Padis, and Patrick Weil, “Une histoire à transmettre,” interview with Lilian Thuram,, Esprit (February, 2007), pp. 117-123 [details.php]
  34. Dubois, L, Egalite for All: Human Rights and the Haitian Revolution (2008) (I was the head historical consultant for Koval Films on a documentary on the Haitian Revolution, aired on PBS in January 2009..) [html]


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