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April 2024: Perspectives on the Current Political Moment in Haiti (Apr. 30, 2024)

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We invite you to attend our 3rd webinar on Tuesday April 30, 2024 between 5-7pm ET.

This webinar offers an analysis of the current moment as the Presidential Transitional Council was recently sworn in and Prime Minister Ariel Henry has resigned. The speakers will provide some context about the politics of the state and ongoing social movements.

Over the past month, the Haitian Studies Association (HSA) has organized two other such webinars. Our last two webinars on the current crisis can be accessed on YouTube or on our video collection on our website


Felix Jean-Louis

History, UC Irvine

Felix Jean-Louis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of California at Irvine. He is a historian of Haiti by birth and in training. He also studies the African diaspora, Caribbean, African American, and Afro-Francophone histories. His research connects Haiti and Haitian to the larger currents of the African Diaspora. He is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled Exporting the Revolution: Haitian Internationalism in the Age of Global Blackness, 1890-1944 that explores the role Haitian elites played in the various organizations and programs that defined the notion of the African Diaspora. In it, he describes the Haitian elite males as central figures that espoused the notion that unity makes strength and urged moments across the Atlantic toward solidarity in the face of the divisions that threatened to divide the larger group.

François Pierre-Louis Jr.

Queens College, CUNY

François Pierre-Louis PhD is professor and chair of political science at Queens College, City University of New York. His research interests include immigration, transnationalism, Haitian and Caribbean politics. He served in the private cabinet of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991 and on the senior staff of Prime Minister Jacques-Édouard Alexis in 2007-2008. He is the author of Haitians in New York City: Transnationalism and Hometown Association (2006), co-editor of Migrant Crossroads: Globalization, Incorporation and Placemaking in Queens New York (Temple University 2021). His articles have appeared in US Catholics, Wadabagei, the Journal of Haitian Studies, Education and Urban Society, The Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Latin America Perspectives, and the Journal of Black Studies. He served as a senior advisor for the Haiti-CUNY Program to the Chancellor of the City University of New York from 2011 to 2015.


Regine O. Jackson

Morehouse College

Regine O. Jackson is the Dean of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Media, and Arts Division and Professor of Sociology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Jackson specializes in Haitian migration and diaspora studies, sociology of race and place, American immigration, and spatial inequality. She is the editor of Geographies of the Haitian Diaspora (Routledge, 2011) and The Context of Black Lives: Race and Space in Two American Cities; and author of Boston Haitians: Navigating Race, Place and Belonging in a Majority-Minority City. Other work has been published in interdisciplinary journals and edited volumes. She has received grants and awards from the American Sociological Association, Social Science Research Council, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Ford Foundation, Spencer Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining the leadership team in Academic Affairs at Morehouse, she taught at Agnes Scott College, Emory University, and the University of Richmond. And in 2022, she was the President of the Haitian Studies Association (HSA). Regine was born in Brooklyn, New York, but was raised in the Boston Haitian community in the late 1970s and 1980s. She is a proud mother of three who currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia


Cécile Accilien

President of the Haitian Studies Association

University of Maryland

Cécile Accilien is Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the School of Language, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Maryland (College Park). Her area of studies are Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Film & Media Studies.  She has published in different journals including  Forum for Inter-American ResearchThe Southern Quarterly: A Journal of the Arts in the SouthWomen, Gender & Families of ColorRevue française, and the Journal of Haitian Studies. She is the co-editor (with Valerie Orlando) of Teaching Haiti: Strategies for Creating New Narratives;  co-author (with Krishauna Hines Gaither) of The Antiracism World Language Classroom and co-author (with Jowel Laguerre) of English-Haitian Creole Phrasebook. She recently published Bay lodyansHaitian Popular Film Culture with SUNY Press.  Since 2019 she has been serving as chair of the editorial board for Women, Gender and Families of Color. She served as the 2023 president of the Haitian Studies Association. Prior to that she served as an HSA board member from 2019-2022. She has written for Truthout and Latin American Commentator.  She is also a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Coach and Consultant who received her certification from the University of Georgia. She is co-founder (with Jessica Adams) of Soley Consulting, LLC (www.soleydei.com)