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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Isabel Bradley

Duke University - Graduate student

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Interests: Anthropology, Black studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Digital Humanities, Environment, History, Languages, Literature, Religion

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Jana Braziel

Global & Intercultural Studies (34 MacMillan Hall) - Western College Endowed Professor, Global & Intercultural Studies

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Jana Evans Braziel is Western Endowed Professor in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University (Ohio). Braziel is author of five monographs: "Riding with Death": Vodou Art and Urban Ecology in the Streets of Port-au-Prince (2017); Duvalier's Ghosts: Race, Diaspora, and U.S. Imperialism in Haitian Literatures (2010); Caribbean Genesis: Jamaica Kincaid and the Writing of New Worlds (2009); Artists, Performers, and Black Masculinity in the Haitian Diaspora (2008); and Diaspora: An Introduction (2008).

Interests: Cultural Studies, Economics, History, Human Rights, Immigration, International Relations, Literature, Women's and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Arielle BRISMARD

Interests: Cultural Studies, Education, Languages, Literature
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Irene Brisson

Louisiana State University - Assistant Professor

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Interests: Anthropology, Architecture, Arts - Performing, Arts - Visual, Diaspora Studies, Environment, Humanitarian Aid, Queer Theory, Performance Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Melvin Butler

University of Miami - associate professor

Melvin L. Butler is an associate professor in the Department of Musicology at the University of Miami. His research examines music-making throughout the African diaspora, with an emphasis on the intersections of musical style, religious experience, and cultural identity. He is the author of Island Gospel: Pentecostal Music and Identity in Jamaica and the United States (University of Illinois Press). His second book, Heated Worship: Music, Christianity and the Cultural Politics of Transcendence in Haiti, is under contract with Oxford University Press. In addition to his scholarly work, he tours and records as a jazz saxophonist.

Interests: Anthropology, Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Diaspora Studies, Digital Humanities, History, Identity, Immigration, Music, Performance Studies, Arts - Performing, Women's and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Rébecca CADEAU

Pléiade/Université Sorbonne Paris Nord/LabeEx DynamiTe - Doctorante

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Je suis doctorante contractuelle, chargée d'enseignement à l'Université Sorbonne Paris Nord (anciennement Université Paris 13), rattachée au laboratoire Pléiade et membre du Groupe de Travail « Mobilités et spatialités » du LabEx DynamiTe. Mes travaux de recherche portent actuellement sur les migrations internationales, en particulier celles des populations haïtiennes vivant dans les régions montréalaise et parisienne. Dans une perspective d'analyse comparative de la territorialisation de cet espace de l'entre-deux, je m'intéresse aux formes de liens et aux modes d'ancrage des Haïtien.ne.s dans les pays d'installation (en Amérique du Nord comme en Europe de l'Ouest) en regard au pays d'origine (dans la Caraïbe) afin de mettre en évidence les dispositifs, les moyens et les stratégies à l'origine de leur présence « ici », « là-bàs » et « ailleurs » en même temps.

Interests: Diaspora Studies, Immigration
Open to talking with: General Public, Scholars, Students (College)

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GINETTA CANDELARIO

Smith College - PROFESSOR

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In addition to being a professor of sociology, Ginetta Candelario is a faculty affiliate of the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Program, the Study of Women and Gender Program, the Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration, and she also served on the advisory group for the Gloria Steinem & Wilma Mankiller School for Organizers at Smith College. She is also the current editor of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. She has directed the LALS Program several times, most recently from 2011 to 2014, and is the founding vice president of the National Latin@ Studies Association (LSA). She is a founding executive committee member of the New England Consortium for Latina/o Studies (NECLS), she was appointed by the American Sociological Association to its Committee on Professional Ethics for 2017–19, and she has served as the Gender Section co-chair, the Latina/o Studies Program track chair, and the Latino Studies Section co-chair for the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Candelario's research interests include Dominican history and society, with a focus on national identity formation and women's history; Blackness in the Americas; Latin American, Caribbean and Latina feminisms; Latina/o communities (particularly Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican); U.S. beauty culture; and museum studies. She has been a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic twice, in 2003 and 2016. Her current research is on Dominican feminist thought and activism, 1880–1961, which she is developing into a book-length study, tentatively titled "Voices Echoing Beyond the Seas: Dominican Feminisms, from Trans-atlantic to Transnational (1882–1942).

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

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Carolina A. Cardona

Inter-American Foundation - Foundation Representative

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Name: Carolina A. Cardona Position: Foundation Representative-Haiti & DR Institution: Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Interests: Environment, human rights, health Since 2014, Carolina A. Cardona has been strengthening Haitian civil society by providing grassroots groups with small grants. Prior to joining the IAF, Carolina served as the Peace Corps Country Director in Togo from 2009–2013. Her development career began in 1985 in Honduras, where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Interests: Development
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Henry (Chip) Carey

Georgia State University - professor

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Henry (Chip) Carey has been a professor of political science at Georgia State University in Atlanta since 1998. He had published numerous journal articles and a dozen books on peacebuilding, democratization and Haitian studies, and advocates for Haitian rights. Among his Haiti-related publications include forthcoming books co-edited with Robert Fatton on Haiti's Structural Challenges; and co-edited with Karen Richman on Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the International Community. He is also the guest editor of a forthcoming special Issue on Haiti and the International Community in the Journal of International Organization Studies. Among his publications include: "Haiti: Sending in the Peacekeepers Redux," LASA Forum, Vol. XXXV, no.1 (Spring 2004).pp.6-8; "The Future of Haiti after the Elections," Latin American Advisor (Washington: Inter-American Dialogue, February 9, 2006), pp.1,4; "US Domestic Politics and the Emerging Humanitarian Intervention Policy: Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo," World Affairs, Vol. 164, no.2, (Fall 2001), pp.72-82; "US Policy in Haiti: The Failure to Help Despite the Rhetoric to Please," Journal of Haitian Studies, Vol.8, no.2 (Autumn 2002), pp.86-111; "The Third US Intervention and Haiti's Paramilitary Predicament," Journal of Haitian Studies, Vol.11, no.1 (Spring 2005), p.88-111; "Militarization without Civil War: the Security Dilemma and Regime Consolidation in Haiti, Civil Wars, Vo.7, no.4 (Winter 2005), pp.330-356; and "The Slow Rise of Social Movement Organizations for Memorialization in Haiti: Lutte Contre Impunité, Devoire de Memoire-Haiti and Digitizing the Record on Atrocities," in Eve Monique Zucker and David Simon (eds.), Mass Violence and Memory in the Digital Age, (Palgrave Macmillan 2020), pp. 175-196.

Interests: Diaspora Studies, International Relations, Political Science
Open to talking with: Anyone

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JERRY CARLSON

The City College CUNY - Professor

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Jerry W. Carlson (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Director of the Cinema Studies Program in the Department of Media & Communication Arts at City College and a member of the doctoral faculties of French, Film Studies, and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is a specialist in narrative theory, global independent film, and the cinemas of the Americas. He is an active producer, director, and writer. An Emmy award winning Senior Producer for City University Television (CUNY-TV), he created and produces the series City Cinematheque about film history, Canape about French-American cultural relations, and Nueva York (in Spanish) about the Latino cultures of New York City.

Interests: Anthropology, Architecture, Arts - Visual, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Diaspora Studies, Literature, Music, Religion
Open to talking with: Artists, Journalists, Scholars

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Nikita Carney

Louisiana State University - Professor

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Alexandra Cenatus

UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere - Professor

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Alexandra holds an M.A in Latin American Studies and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida. Cenatus' research interests center on how gender, religion, race, and class interact, with a focus on Haiti. In 2015, she received funding from the UF-Duke National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to explore the social role of priestesses in Haitian Vodou. Her M.A. thesis builds on this research and analyzes the ways in which Haiti's social changes affect the economic livelihood of Haitian Vodou priestesses. Cenatus is currently working on creating an online exhibit that will showcase the experiences of Haitian immigrants in the United States: The Haitian American Dream, a project from the Intersections on Global Blackness and Latinx Identity group.

Interests: Anthropology, Diaspora Studies, Digital Humanities, Identity, Immigration, Religion
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Nathalie Cerin

Woy Magazine - Artist

Nathalie 'Talie' Cerin is a musician, educator and digital content creator. Her music, accompanied by her trusty guitar, is a blend of the two cities and cultures that shaped her: Philadelphia and Port-au-Prince. Her debut studio project, Solèy Midi is available on all major platforms at http://album.link/SoleyMidi. Nathalie is also chief editor for Woy Magazine, an online platform that seeks to be a meeting place for Haitians in Haiti and abroad. Woy's content is available in Kreyòl and English, and explores history, politics, and arts through its blog, weekly newsletter, and podcast. Check is on social media @WoyMagazine and www.WoyMagazine.com Nathalie holds a master's degree in multicultural education, and currently works in social services for Philadelphians experiencing scarcity. She is passionate about Haiti and social justice, and using the arts to educate and raise awareness on these two topics.

Interests: Anthropology, Architecture, Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Development, Diaspora Studies, Digital Humanities, Economics, Education, Environment, History, Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, Identity, Immigration, International Relations, Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Mental Health, Music, Natural Sciences, Performance Studies, Political Science, Religion, Sexualities, Sociology, Medicine / Public Health, Arts - Performing, Arts - Visual, Women's and Gender Studies, Psychology / Social Psychology
Open to talking with: Anyone

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JEAN BERNARD CERIN

Ithaca College - Assistant Professor

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Praised for his "burnished tone and focused phrasing," (Chestnut Hill Local) baritone Jean Bernard Cerin enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer, film maker, researcher and college professor. A gifted recitalist, Jean Bernard was awarded the 2022 Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award in Philadelphia including a solo debut recital with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. He won the Gerard Souzay Prize for best performance of a French Mélodie at the Joy in Singing International Song Competition in 2018. On the concert stage, Jean Bernard has appeared with leading early music ensembles throughout the United States including Philadelphia based Choral Arts, Piffaro Renaissance Wind Ensemble, Tempesta di Mare Baroque Orchestra, Night Music, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society's Gamut Bach Ensemble, Louisville's Bourbon Baroque, Classical Uncorked in Seattle, and American Bach Soloists in San Francisco. Jean Bernard launched the Lisette Project in 2021 to explore early Haitian classical music beginning with the oldest song in Haitian Creole, "Lisette quitté la plaine." The organization produced a documentary, Lisette (2022) that recently had its west coast premier at the Berkeley Festival & Exposition in California. Jean Bernard joins the Voice faculty at Ithaca College this fall after 6 years on faculty at Lincoln University in southern Pennsylvania. He completed his doctorate at the University of Michigan, holds a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

Interests: Arts - Performing, Decolonization, Music
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Jasmine CESARS

Université Quisqueya - scholar

Interests: Statistics, scientific productivity
Open to talking with: Scholars

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Ronald Cetoute

Columbus State University - Student

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With a passion for both education and business, my goal is to use both to increase economic development in much needed communities around the world, especially Haiti. I hold a bachelor and master degrees from Florida A&M University, and currently and doctoral candidate at Columbus State University. I am also co-founder of the BEL Initiative program, which focuses on educating and connecting Haiti-based entrepreneurs to resources.

Interests: Development, Education, International Relations
Open to talking with: Anyone

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