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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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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Darnelle Champagne

Jaden Timoun, LLC co-founder - Educator, Entrepreneur, Children’s Book Author

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Darnelle is the co-founder and executive director of Jaden Timoun, a culturally relevant Haitian Creole Language Immersion program for children 12 years of age and under based in New York. She is also a NYS certified early childhood educator and a published children's book author.

Interests: Arts - Performing, Arts - Visual, Cultural Studies, Diaspora Studies, Education, History, Identity, Languages, Linguistics, Music

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M Stephanie Chancy

Florida International University - Ph.D. Candidate

M. Stephanie Chancy is the Green Family Foundation/Digital Library of the Caribbean Fellow, and a Ph.D. candidate in History at Florida International University. Stephanie's research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European-Atlantic material culture, especially the mutual cultural and artistic exchanges between the Americas and Europe. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communications, with a double major in European History, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in History both from the University of Miami. Stephanie has had appointments as a lecturer in Art History at FIU and UM and has curated two Haitian art exhibitions at FIU's Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum. Prior to her academic career she worked in arts administration.

Interests: Cultural Studies, Diaspora Studies, Digital Humanities, Education, History, Identity, Arts - Visual, Women's and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Dasha Chapman

Davidson College - Visiting Assistant Professor

Dasha Chapman (Ph.D. Performance Studies, NYU) is an interdisciplinary dancer-scholar whose research, teaching, and performance work in critical dance studies moves through a nexus of African diaspora theory, performance studies, ethnography, queer/gender studies, and Caribbean thought. Chapman's first book centers on the labor of five contemporary Haitian dance artists who build communities through dance in both Haiti and in the diasporas of New York City and Boston. The project traces how the teaching and choreographic practices of these artists foster alternative political imaginations, examining the ways in which dance, as fostered by these Haitian artists, makes and remakes "Haiti." As a dance-maker, Chapman works in site-specific collaboration to excavate, activate, and reimagine suppressed histories. She has facilitated collaborative performance projects in Port-au-Prince and Jeremie, Haiti (with Yonel Charles, Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire, and Ann Mazzocca), as an artist in residence at the Power Plant Gallery in Durham, NC (with Aya Shabu), and in residence at Tulane University's A Studio in the Woods in New Orleans, LA (with Tè Glise Collective). Currently, Chapman is Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Davidson College. Prior to this position Chapman taught Critical Dance Studies and Africana Studies at Hampshire College|Five College Dance, and was a Postdoctoral Associate in African and African American Studies at Duke University. Her writing appears in The Black Scholar, Journal of Haitian Studies, Dance Chronicle, Theatre Journal, and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory in a special issue she co-edited on Queer Haitian Performance and Affiliation.

Interests: Anthropology, Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Diaspora Studies, Digital Humanities, Education, Environment, History, Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, Identity, Immigration, Literature, Mental Health, Music, Queer Theory, Performance Studies, Religion, Sexualities, Medicine / Public Health, Arts - Performing, Arts - Visual, Women's and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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carolle charles

Baruch College CUNY - professor

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

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Carlo Handy Charles

McMaster University - PhD Student

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Carlo Handy Charles is a PhD student in sociology at McMaster University and the Université des Antilles. His doctoral research examines the interplay of homosexuality and diaspora in Haiti. His broader research interests include international migration, diaspora studies, transnationalism, sexualities, and mental health. He is a pre-doctoral fellow at the Convergence Migrations Institute (Collège de France, Paris). He is a Vanier and a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholar (Canada). Beyond academic research, Carlo H. Charles has engaged in public policy debates on migration and asylum through his various publications in news media, and he is currently co-writing a play with Dr. Alice Carré about the Haitian revolution.

Interests: Diaspora studies, Identity, Immigration, Sexualities, Sociology
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Carlo Handy Charles

McMaster University - PhD Student

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Carlo Handy Charles is a PhD student in sociology at McMaster University and the Université des Antilles. His doctoral research examines the interplay of homosexuality and diaspora in Haiti. His broader research interests include international migration, diaspora studies, transnationalism, sexualities, and mental health. He is a pre-doctoral fellow at the Convergence Migrations Institute (Collège de France, Paris). He is a Vanier and a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholar (Canada). Beyond academic research, Carlo H. Charles has engaged in public policy debates on migration and asylum through his various publications in news media, and he is currently co-writing a play with Dr. Alice Carré about the Haitian revolution.

Interests: Diaspora Studies, Identity, Immigration, Sexualities, Sociology
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Carlo Charles

McMaster University - PhD student

Interests: Immigration, Mental health, Sexualities, Sociology
Open to talking with: General Public, Government Officials, Journalists, Non-Profit Organizations, Policymakers, Students (College)

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Frédéric Gérald Chéry

Université d'État d'Haïti - professor

Professeur à l'université, je travaille sur les questions monétaires, l'économie du savoir, les prévisions macroéconomiques, les politiques de population, les finances publiques et les sociétés post-esclavagistes. Ma thèse de doctorat s'intitule : Ajustement économique, monnaie et institutions dans l'économie haïtienne (2001). J'ai publié plusieurs ouvrages sur l'économie haïtienne dont : Société, économie et politique en Haïti : La crise permanente (2005), L'économie et ses fondements cognitifs en Haïti (2008), Le financement de la décentralisation et du développement local (2009), L'action l'État et l'économie en Haïti (2010), La structuration de l'économie et la réforme de l'État en Haïti (2012). Ces travaux montrent qu'Haïti peut passer d'une économie reposant sur la rente agricole à une nouvelle économie fondée sur la connaissance et offrant des opportunités à tous ses individus.

Interests: Economics
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Jenna Chrisphonte

Writer

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Interests: Arts, Performing, Religion, Women’s and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Magalie Civil

As a committed researcher, I opt for an epistemological posture that is part of a logic of production of transformative knowledge. I make Haiti my main field of research and activism as well. I started my master's degree in 2019, and I took the risk of carrying out my thesis project on peyilòk, an emerging phenomenon on which there was no scientific literature when I started. With this research I obtained the Emerging Researcher Award from Haitian Association Studies (HSA) this year.My doctoral research is a continuation of this research. I will discuss the tactical and strategic performance of protest actors on the one hand, political and state actors on the other, the interaction between protest movements and the state, and the impact of the mobilizations of the Haitian diaspora in the current crisis in Haiti.My goal is to continue to do research in Haiti and contribute to making intelligible the various obstacles that defeat every transformative project in Haiti.

Open to talking with: Anyone

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Jean F Claude

City University of New York, CUNY - Professor

Jean F. Claude is a professor of Hospitality Management at New York City College of Technology, CUNY having become part of the education team in 2001. He is a Certified Hospitality Educator and a Certified Culinary Educator and has a Master of International Business Management degree from Webster University. Professor Claude is an accomplished hospitality and tourism professional having held responsible positions with Ogden Aviation Services, Russian Tea Room, Marriott International, and Walt Disney World. In 2010, he was inducted to the Academie Culinaire de France. He is currently the vice-president of the Société Culinaire Philanthropique and an active member of the American Culinary Federation. In 2018, Professor Claude received the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community and a Citation by the New State Assembly for his leadership and devotion to the students of the City University of New York, the State of New York and his service to the Haiti Community.

Interests: Cultural Studies, Development, Education
Open to talking with: Scholars, Students (College)

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Isabelle Clerie

Haiti Impact Group - Executive Director

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Isabelle is a Haitian anthropologist whose work has focused on claiming local narratives by leveraging the power and assets of communities in Haiti. She has worked with a variety of organizations including community-based organizations and agricultural co-ops, large multi and bi-lateral institutions, impact investors and more across diverse fields such as small business development and microfinance, climate justice, food security, and human rights. In 2019, she worked with the UN's Office of the High Commission for Human Rights to lead an entirely civil society led process to design Haiti's first national strategy for confronting past crimes and impunity.

Interests: Anthropology, Black studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Development, Digital Humanities, Economics, Education, Environment, History, Human ights, Humanitarian aid, Identity, Immigration, International Relations, Literature, Political Science, Psychology / Social psychology, Religion, Sexualities, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Activists, Educators (K-12), Journalists, Non-Profit Organizations, Policymakers, Scholars, Students (K-12), Students (College)

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Nadege Clitandre-Madhere

University of California, Santa Barbara - Professor

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Nadège T. Clitandre is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Studies. Clitandre received her B.A. in English Literature from Hampton University, a M.A. in the Humanities at the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender, Sexuality at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining Global Studies in 2011, Clitandre was the recipient of the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of English and the Center for Black Studies Research at UCSB. She holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Black Studies and Comparative Literature. Clitandre works on theoretical framework s of the African Diaspora, migration and displacement, and transnationalism with a particular focus on Haiti and Haitian diasporic literature. Her teaching interests include diaspora studies, anticolonial literature, postcolonial Caribbean Women's literature, and NGO and Humanitarian intervention in Haiti post-earthquake. Clitandre is also the founder of Haiti Soleil, a nonprofit organization that focuses on engaging youth and building community through the development of libraries in Haiti. Clitandre's first monograph, Edwidge Danticat: The Haitian Diasporic Imaginary (2018) is published by the University of Virginia Press.

Interests: Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Diaspora Studies, Humanitarian Aid, Identity, Immigration, Literature, Women's and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Lewis Clormeus

Université d'État d'Haïti - Professor

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Docteur en sociologie du Centre d'Études interdisciplinaires des faits religieux (CEIFR) de l'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Lewis Ampidu CLORMÉUS a effectué ses recherches postdoctorales au Laboratoire d'Excellence Constitution de la Modernité (LabEx COMOD) de l'Université de Lyon. Il enseigne actuellement la socio-anthropologie des religions à l'Université d'État d'Haïti. Il s'intéresse particulièrement aux discours des intellectuels et des religieux catholiques à l'égard du vodou haïtien aux XIXe-XXe siècles ainsi qu'aux rapports entre l'État et les religions en Haïti (1804-1957). Auteur de nombreux articles scientifiques, il a déjà publié deux livres sur les constructions savantes du XIXe siècle concernant le vodou haïtien : Le vodou haïtien. Entre mythes et constructions savantes (Riveneuve Éditions, Paris, 2015) et Duverneau Trouillot et le vodou. Réflexions d'un intellectuel haïtien du XIXe siècle (Éditions du CIDHICA, Québec, 2016). Au CéSor, ses travaux vont porter sur l'évolution du protestantisme évangélique et des nouveaux mouvements religieux en Haïti.

Interests: History, Religion, Sociology
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Marc Cohen

Oxfam America - Senior Researcher

Marc J. Cohen is Senior Researcher at Oxfam America, currently working on aid effectiveness and food security. Previously, he focused on humanitarian policy and climate change, as well as evaluations of humanitarian advocacy. His academic training is in political science and development studies. Before coming to Oxfam, Marc was a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 1998-2008, and his long term research focus is global food security. Marc has carried out field research in Haiti since 2007, and has also worked in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, and the USA. From 2004 to 2016 he was an adjunct faculty member at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He has also taught at American and George Washington Universities, as well as at the Universities of Florence and Oslo.

Interests: Development, Environment, Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, International Relations, Political Science
Open to talking with: Anyone

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