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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Marlene Daut

University of Virginia - Professor

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Interests: Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Diaspora Studies, History, Languages, Literature
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Sarah Davies Cordova

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - professor

Interests: Arts, Performing, Arts, Visual, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Diaspora studies, Human rights, Identity, Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies

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Guillermina De Ferrari

Spanish & Portugu; Art History - Professor

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Guillermina De Ferrari (PhD Columbia University 2001) is Halls-Bascom Professor of Caribbean Literatures and Visual Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, and a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Research in the Humanities (2018-2020, 2021-2023). She is the author of Vulnerable States: Bodies of Memory in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction (Virginia 2007), and Community and Culture in Post-Soviet Cuba (Routledge 2014). She has published extensively on Cuban and Caribbean literature, visual culture, photography, and world literature. She directed the Center for Visual Cultures (2014-2018), and curated the exhibition Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today (Chazen Museum of Art 2015). She is co-editor with Ursula Heise (UCLA) of the Routledge Series Literature and Contemporary Thought.

Interests: Cultural Studies, Literature, Arts - Performing, Arts - Visual
Open to talking with: Scholars, Students (College), Artists

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Monica del Valle

Universidad de La Salle-Bogotá - Full Professor

Professor, Literary Translator and Editor. PhD in Hispanic Cultura Studies, Master in Hispanic Literatures (both from Michigan STate University). Full professor at Universidad de La Salle. My research interests are centered around San Andres Island literary cartographies, the intersection between spiritualities and art, and the meanings of water in Caribbean Literature. Among my translations into Spanish are Loas (The loneliness of Angels, by Myriam J.A. Chancy, cotranslated with María Luisa Valencia Duarte), Frankétienne de antología and In Praise of Creolity (both of them cotranslated with Gertrude Martin Laprade). Fulbright recipient in 2019 for a research project on Haitian prisoners in Guantanamo Naval Base in 1992.

Interests: Arts, Visual, Cultural Studies, Literature
Open to talking with: Activists, Artists, General Public, Non-Profit Organizations, Scholars

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Pascale Denis

Psychotherapist

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Pascale Denis received her medical degree in Psychiatry from Haïti and worked as a licensed psychiatrist for 7 years before moving to the United States. During those years, in her private practice, she worked with patients dealing with depression, substance abuse and other mental illnesses. Her approach expanded on the disease or medical model of psychopathology, by including contextual factors to better understand and treat patients. Specifically, she realized the value of addressing patient's culturally based beliefs about their illness, challenges, and interventions, as well as the need to include their family if treatment was to be successful. She also worked for a couple of years with a team of psychologists providing psychological support to women victim of politically motivated abuses. Pascale Denis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami. In her private practice, she works with a diverse population, focusing on addressing challenges associated with acculturation for first- and second-generation immigrants, as well as issues around gender and affectional orientation. Sessions are conducted inEnglish, French and/or Creole. In November 2012, she started and is still facilitating a monthly cancer support group, in Creole, for Haitians with cancer, and their caregivers, the only one in Miami-Dade County.

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Magda Desgranges

Fairfield University - Visiting Assistant Professor

Interests: Anthropology, Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Diaspora Studies, Digital Humanities, Human Rights, Identity, International Relations, Literature, Mental Health, Music, Performance Studies, 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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Charlene Desir

Nova Southeastern University/ T.E.N., Global - Professor

Dr. Charlene Désir is a professor at Nova Southeastern University's - Abraham S. Fischler College of Education. She received her doctorate from Harvard University.Dr. Désir's academic interest is in the social, psychological and spiritual adjustment of Haitian and Haitian Americans. Dr. Désir has presented various papers on the topic of Haitian youth adjustment to the U.S. schools. She has also published on the topic of immigrant identity, spirituality, and becoming a reflective researcher. Dr. Désir founded the Empowerment Network (TEN), Global, a non-profit that supports the personal, spiritual and academic development of women and students in Haiti and US. She was the 2012 president of the Haitian Studies Association and gubernatorial appointee to the Children's Services Council in Broward County, FL by Governor Rick Scott. Dr. Désir has worked as a school psychologist, K-12 school counselor, school administrator in Massachusetts (U.S.) and professor.

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Ati Carl-Henri Desmornes

Konfederasyon Nasyonal Vodou Ayisyen - Ati Vodou Ayisyen

Ati Carl-Henri Desmornes est le Suprême Serviteur du Vodou Ayisyen. Il personnalise l'unité, la singularité et la pérennité du Secteur Vodou dont il constitue en lui-même le modèle et l'exemple. Il représente ce secteur devant l'État Haïtien, devant toutes les autres entités ou organisations qui font partie de notre Société et également devant la Communauté Internationale.

Interests: Cultural Studies, Environment, Natural Sciences
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Rebecca Dirksen

Indiana University - Associate Professor

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Dr. Rebecca Dirksen is an ethnomusicologist whose whose scholarship reaches across the spectrum of musical genres in Haiti and its diaspora. Her research foci include cultural approaches to crisis, disaster, and development; sacred ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, and ecomusicology; and the performance of politics, resistance and revolution, and social justice. Her approach entails a deep commitment to applied, activist, and engaged scholarship. Dirksen is a tenured professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington, a founding member of the Diverse Environmentalisms Research Team (DERT), and co-PI on a Mellon Foundation Humanities Without Walls Grand Research Challenge titled "Field to Media: Applied Musicology for a Changing Climate." Dr. Dirksen is the author of numerous journal articles and the book After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy: Carnival, Politics, and Musical Engagement in Haiti (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Interests: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Development, Environment, History, Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, Music, Performance Studies, Religion, Arts - Performing, Women's and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Government Officials, Journalists, Non-Profit Organizations, Policymakers, Scholars, Students (College), Activists, Artists

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Nathan Dize

Vanderbilt University - Student

Nathan H. Dize is a PhD candidate in the Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University. He is the content curator, translator, and co-editor of the digital history project A Colony in Crisis: The Saint-Domingue Grain Shortage of 1789. With Siobhan Meï, he coedits the "Haiti in Translation" interview series for H-Haiti. He has translated poetry and fiction by numerous Haitian authors, including Kettly Mars, Charles Moravia, James Noël, Néhémy Pierre-Dahomey, and Évelyne Trouillot. His translation of Makenzy Orcel's The Immortals is forthcoming in November 2020 with SUNY Press.

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Open to talking with: Anyone, Educators (K-12), General Public, Government Officials, Journalists, Non-Profit Organizations, Scholars, Students (K-12), Students (College), Activists, Artists

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Rachel Douglas

University of Glasgow - Lecturer

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Dr Rachel Douglas is Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at the University of Glasgow. Her book The Making of The Black Jacobins: The Drama of C.L.R. James's History came out with Duke University Press in September 2019. She is also the author of Frankétienne and Rewriting: A Work in Progress (Lexington Books, 2009), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She works on Caribbean literature, especially drama, history, and film with a focus on Haiti. Current Prince Claus- and GCRF-funded projects involve working with endangered archives at the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien and the Archives Nationales d'Haïti.

Interests: Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Development, Diaspora Studies, Digital Humanities, Education, History, Human Rights, Identity, Languages, Literature, Arts - Performing, Arts - Visual, Women's and Gender Studies
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Laurent Dubois

Duke University - Professor of Romance Studies and History

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Alex Dupuy

Wesleyan University - John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, Emeritus

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Pierre Robenson DUVAL

Interests: Anthropology, Development, Education, Environment, Sociology
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Kevin Edmonds

University of Toronto - Assistant Professor

Interests: Black studies, Decolonization, Development, Diaspora Studies, Economics, Human ights, International Relations, Political Science

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Lauren Eldridge Stewart

Washington University in St. Louis - Assistant Professor of Music

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Lauren Eldridge Stewart's research interests include the cultural uses of classical music, folklore, and material culture across the African diaspora. She is currently writing a book, tentatively titled "Recital: Classical Music and Narrative Power in Haiti," about the influence of global aid on the contemporary practice of classical music throughout that country. In the hands and voices of Haitians, classical music becomes a critical narrative force that shapes and describes local and global social worlds. Additional work traces the practice of sampling across genres with roots in the African American experience, including hip hop and gospel music. She has published in the journals Women and Music, Music and Politics, and the Journal of Haitian Studies.

Interests: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Diaspora Studies, Humanitarian Aid, Music, Performance Studies, Arts - Performing, Women's and Gender Studies
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