Haitian Studies Association

Haitian Studies Association – Membership Directory

This public directory of members of the Haitian Studies Association is intended to showcases our members’ knowledge and expertise to students, scholars, media, nonprofits, philanthropic, policymaking, and government agencies. It is our hope this directory can aid in connecting people of common goals in fruitful communication.

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Mamyrah Prosper

Davidson College - Visiting Assistant Professor

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College. My doctoral work centered on a coalition of social movement organizations calling for an end to the ongoing "non-governmental" occupation of Haiti. I am interested in the construction of neocolonial nationalist ideologies and collective identities in relation to race and class, gender and sexuality, education and language and religion. I am currently working on my monograph entitled Development Contested in Occupied Haiti: Social Movements, NGOs, and the Evangelical State and have published in academic and political journals like Women's Studies Quarterly and Commune Magazine. I have also served as an organizer with land and housing rights organization Take Back the Land-Miami and am presently the International Coordinator for Community Movement Builders.

Interests: Anthropology, Black Studies, Decolonization, Development, Diaspora Studies, History, Human Rights, International Relations, Queer Theory, Sexualities, Arts - Performing, Women's and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Marc PROU

University of Massachusetts - associate professor

Biography of Marc PROU, Director of Innoved-uniQ Dr. Marc Prou is the Director of InnovEd-UniQ, and affiliated faculty member with the Faculté des Sciences de l'Education (FSED) at Université Quisqueya since 2016. Prior to that between 1997 and 2016, Professor Prou held a tenured appointment as Associate Professor in the department of Graduate Applied Linguistics and the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He was the Director of the Haitian Language and Culture Institute, and also a co-founder the Haitian Studies Association (HSA). From 2004-2005, Dr. Prou was a recipient of a book fellowship awarded by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. In 2006-07, Dr. Prou was a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University where he lead the development of a Haitian Creole Language and Culture curriculum. His research interests place special attention on language education, Curriculum reform and program evaluation, as well as social and cultural history, migration and Diaspora. Dr. Marc Prou is the author of numerous scholarly articles related to linguistics and education in Haiti, and the Caribbean that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, and also book chapters in edited texts in the social sciences and humanities. During the past four years, the thrust of Dr. Prou's work has focused greater attention on finding ways to help improve teacher education and the quality of schooling in Haiti.

Interests: Diaspora Studies, Education, Languages, Linguistics
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Guitele Rahill

School of Social Work, CBCS University of South Florida - Associate Professor

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Dr. Guitele Jeudy Rahill, Associate Professor of Social Work in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at USF, received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Florida International University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. Her research interests include interactions among traditional norms, health beliefs and practices, biopsychosocial conditions, geographical disasters, and structural violence, as they impact domestic and sexual violence, psychological trauma, biological illnesses and family system disruption among underserved populations. Accordingly, her research activities involve adapting Evidence-Based health and mental health interventions such as Haitians in Haiti and in the Diaspora. She accomplishes her objectives in collaboration with her esteemed colleague Dr. Manisha Joshi, Haitian community members in Haiti and in the U.S., and health providers in both settings. The aim is to increase the uptake of Evidence-based interventions to Haitian populations via contextual adaptation, implementation and dissemination. She has several published works in the American Journal of Public health, the Journal of Affective Disorder, the Journal of Ethnicity and Health, the AIDS journal, the Disasters Journal, and the Journal of Health care for the Poor and Underserved. She has been honored with several research and service awards, including awards for research excellence and outstanding mentoring.

Interests: Human Rights, Mental Health, Women's and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Kate Ramsey

University of Miami - professor

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Interests: Anthropology, Decolonization, History, Mental Health, Performance Studies, Religion, Medicine / Public Health, Arts - Performing, Arts - Visual
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Michael Reyes

Queen's University - Assistant Professor

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Since July 2015 I have been an Assistant Professor of Francophone Studies in the Département d'études françaises (Department of French Studies) at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. I am interested in the intersection of nineteenth-century Haitian literature (1804-1915), expressions of nationalism, and Haitian history. Currently, I am studying Haitian texts which imagine forms of kinship between the fifteenth-century indigenous inhabitants of Hispaniola—the Taino—and nineteenth century Haitians. Specifically, I analyse how these texts drew upon narratives of the Taino in order to construct "indigenous" Haitian identities rooted in the Caribbean.

Interests: Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Digital Humanities, Languages, Literature, Arts - Visual
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Alfredo Rivera

Grinnell College - Assistant Professor of Art HIstory

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Fredo Rivera is Assistant Professor of Art History. Their recent research explores Cuban art, architecture and visual culture, Haitian art, and art, architecture, urban planning and popular Media in contemporary Miami.

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Shearon Roberts

Xavier University of Louisiana - professor

Shearon Roberts, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Mass Communication and African American and Diaspora Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans. She earned her Ph.D. from Tulane University in Latin American and Caribbean studies and her M.M.C. from Louisiana State University. She researches media representations of race and gender, disaster and crisis news, the Black Press, comparative media systems, and Latin American and Caribbean media, specifically Haitian media. She is co-author of Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster (2014, University Press of Mississippi), co-editor of HBO's Treme and Post-Katrina Catharsis: The Mediated Rebirth of New Orleans (2017, Lexington Books), and editor of Recasting the Disney Princess in an Era of New Media and Social Movements (2020, Lexington Books). She is the author of the forthcoming book Media Discourse in Haiti. She is the director of My Nola, My Story, a digital humanities platform that archives the stories of people of color in New Orleans. She served as the 2018 President of the SWECJMC and is a recipient of two AEJMC division awards from the History Division and the International Communication Division. She has published several peer-reviewed studies on post-Katrina news and coverage of New Orleans, and the role of media in post-2010 Haiti.

Interests: Digital Humanities
Open to talking with: Anyone, Educators (K-12), General Public, Journalists, Non-Profit Organizations, Policymakers, Scholars, Students (College)

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Nicole Baron Rosefort

NYS Language RBERN @ NYU - Resource Specialist

Interests: Education, Human Rights, Immigration, Languages, Linguistics
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Aida Roumer

Goethe Universität Frankfurt - PhD student

BA Economics and Development Studies and MSc Political Economy of Development at SOAS (University of London) PhD on the political economy of haitian-dominican border relations

Interests: Development, Economics, Political Science, Sociology
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Jean Eddy Saint Paul

CUNY Brooklyn College - Professor

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Professor Jean Eddy Saint Paul, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences with Specialization in Sociology, is a tenured full Professor in the Sociology Department at Brooklyn College and, between Fall 2016 and Spring 2020, served as the founding Director of the City University of New York's Haitian Studies Institute housed at Brooklyn College. His geographic focus is Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly Haiti and Mexico. He earned a B.A. in social work from the State University of Haiti, then served for 12 years as head of the library and as a member of the faculty of human sciences. He went on to gain a M.A. in Latin American studies from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. Saint Paul earned a Ph.D. in sociology from El Colegio de México — the first Haitian to do so since the foundation of the college in 1940. He was a professeur en mobilité universitaire (PUM) at the Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 in France, a visiting scholar at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, at the University of Virginia, and a visiting fellow at SciencesPo at the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI), National Council of Scientific Research (CNRS). Previously, He was a tenured professor of sociology and politics at the University of Guanajuato, in Mexico, where he co-founded the Ph.D. Program in Law, Politics and Government, the Master Program in Political Analysis, and the B.A. Program in Political Science.

Interests: Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Diaspora Studies, Digital Humanities, Economics, Education, Environment, History, Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, Identity, Immigration, International Relations, Languages, Linguistics, Music, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Arts - Performing, Psychology / Social Psychology
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Lynn Selby

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Alyssa Sepinwall

CSUSM - Professor

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Interests: Cultural Studies, Decolonization, History
Open to talking with: Government Officials, Journalists, Non-Profit Organizations, Policymakers, Scholars

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Florence Sergile

Freelance consultant agricultural sciences

Interests: Development, Environment, Natural Sciences
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Mimi Sheller

Drexel University - Professor

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Mimi Sheller, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities and past President of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility. She is author or co-editor of twelve books, including Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene (Duke University Press, 2020); Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes (Verso, 2018); Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity (MIT Press, 2014); Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom (Duke University Press, 2012); Consuming the Caribbean: From Arawaks to Zombies (Routledge, 2003); and Democracy After Slavery: Black Publics and Peasant Radicalism in Haiti and Jamaica (Macmillan Caribbean, 2000). She is considered to be a "key theorist in mobilities studies" and specializes in the post-colonial context of the Caribbean.

Interests: Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Development, Environment, History, Humanitarian Aid, Sexualities, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Shelby Sinclair

Princeton University - Graduate Student

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Shelby Sinclair is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University focusing on nineteenth and twentieth century Black women's history in the United States and Caribbean. Her research interests include U.S. empire, sexual violence against black women, and black women's intellectual production. Her dissertation focuses on race and gender identity formation during the United States Occupation of Haiti (1915-1934). Shelby earned her B.A. with Honors from Stanford University where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and recipient of the George M. Frederickson Award for Excellence in Honors Research.

Interests: Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Diaspora Studies, History, Identity, Sexualities, Women's and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Jonathan Square

Harvard University - Lecturer

Jonathan Michael Square is a writer and historian specializing in fashion and visual culture of the African Diaspora. He has a PhD in history from New York University, a master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. from Cornell University. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, and currently at Harvard University. He has written for Fashionista, Fashion Studies Journal, Refinery29, Vestoj, Hyperallergic, British Art Studies, and International Journal of Fashion Studies. A proponent in the power of social media as a platform for radical pedagogy, he founded and runs the digital humanities project Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom, which explores the intersection of fashion and slavery. He also co-founded Rendering Revolution, which explores sartorial approaches to Haitian history.

Interests: Arts - Visual
Open to talking with: Anyone

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