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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Gretchen Glode'-Berggren

Harvard Public Hlth(retired)

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Kaiama L Glover

Barnard College, Columbia University - Professor

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James Goetz

Cornell University, Dept. of Nat. Resources - Grad student

I am interested in and working to understand and advance environmental conservation in Haiti and the Caribbean to protect biodiversity and enhance local livelihoods. Since 2013 I have been directing a small forest conservation program in SE Haiti (La Visite National Park) that works closely with farmers to create conditions that encourage and foster conservation of the local broadleaf forest. One of the main actions is providing the farmers with direct, conditional incentives, including direct cash payments and agricultural inputs.

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Diana Golden

Independent musician/scholar

New York City-based cellist Diana Golden is a multidimensional artist who performs with chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, and musical theater and opera companies. She is a member of the Golden Williams Duo with violist Gregory Williams and the Red Door Chamber Players, and founded the Boston-based Firebrand Concert Series. In 2011, Golden worked for Open Access to Music Education for Children, a music center for Boston's Haitian community run by Youth and Family Enrichment Services. While working with cello students who had left Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Golden found that learning music, including traditional Haitian folk songs, helped them to adjust to their life changes and deal with trauma they had experienced. This experience inspired her nearly decade-long interest in Haitian art music and the release of her latest album Tanbou Kache (New Focus 2020). Golden holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Cello Performance from Rutgers University, where she completed her doctoral research on Haitian art music. She also holds a Master of Arts in Cello Performance with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Learn more at www.goldencello.com.

Interests: History, Music, Arts - Performing
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Peter Haffner

Centre College - Assistant Professor

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Dr. Peter L. Haffner is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where he teaches on the arts of Africa and the Black Atlantic. Before joining Centre's faculty in 2019, he was a Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of African Art. His interdisciplinary arts-based research centers on "Haitian Art" as a category constructed through complex global cultural dynamics that have informed the transnational production, exhibition, and circulation of the work of Haitian artists. He has worked extensively with artists, collectors, and curators in Haiti and the U.S., and is currently serving on the advisory board for "Haitian Art at a Digital Crossroads," an NEH-supported digital humanities project aimed at increasing access and knowledge to the work of Haitian artists residing in international collections. He earned his Ph.D. in Culture and Performance in 2017 from UCLA's Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance. He also holds a BA in Art History from Bard College, and a background in arts administration working for private art galleries in Chelsea.

Interests: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Arts - Visual
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Molly Hamm-Rodríguez

University of Colorado Boulder - PhD candidate

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Reina Henderson

Duke University - Student

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Reina is a third-year doctoral student in the History department at Duke University. In addition to working on her doctorate, she is also working on an African and African American Studies certificate and a Latin American & Caribbean Studies certificate. Her dissertation, tentatively titled "To Make Herself Free: Race, Gender, and Freedom in the Age of the Haitian Revolution," centers Black and mixed-Black women in a century-long political and legal gaze of Saint-Domingue/Haiti from 1750-1850 to reexamine the Haitian Revolution, colonial and national structures, and the very idea of freedom itself. Her MA thesis, "We Were the First: Haitian Domestic and Foreign Politics, 1807-1867," examined the politics and state-making of Haiti's first 60 years to understand its self-fashioning of its national identity after Independence. She is the creator and administrator of the website "The Historian's Theater" which was developed out of her keen interest in public history. The website reviews films and tv shows based on historical events and people to assess their contributions both to film and their use for learning history. She earned her Master of Arts in History at University of Memphis. She also earned both a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at East Tennessee State University. She speaks English, French, and is currently learning Haitian Kreyòl via an Academic Year FLAS Fellowship.

Interests: Black studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Digital Humanities, History, Human ights, International Relations, Literature, Performance studies, Women’s and Gender Studies
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Nancy Herard-Marshall

Gaya Healing Arts Center - dance/movement psychotherapist, Visiting Instructor at Pratt Institute

Nancy Herard-Marshall is a Haitian-American dance/movement therapist and authentic movement practitioner living in New York City. She is the owner and psychotherapist at Gaya Healing Arts Center, a private practice in Harlem, NYC. Nancy earned her B.A. degree in Multicultural Dance and Theatre in Education at Empire State College in New York, NY and her M.S. degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. As a dance/movement therapist she has clinical experience working with diverse populations such as inpatient acute psychiatric care, outpatient co-occurring addiction and mental health conditions, HIV/AIDS and chronic illness, special needs populations, and behavioral disorders. She has worked with individuals suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, autism, ADHD, depression, sexual abuse, dementia and Alzheimer's. Ms. Herard-Marshall has over 30 years experience in the arts giving her a complete and rounded background in the arts and mental health. Nancy specializes in addressing race-based trauma and its compounded affects on the lives of her clients. She is currently a board member, ethics committee member and arts project member at the Faculté de Travail Social et de Justice Sociale/College of Social Work and Social Justice (FTSJS)located in Bon Repos, Haiti. At Pratt Institute, she is a curriculum consultant for the Creative Arts Therapy Department assisting in dismantling and decolonizing the program by de-centering western psychology and introducing African-American and African-based psychologies. Nancy is also an active member of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and The Association for Black Psychologists (ABPsi).

Interests: Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Diaspora Studies, Education, Identity, Mental Health, Arts - Visual
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Josiane Hudicourt-Barnes

Independent Scholar

Josiane Hudicourt-Barnes has been a teacher, teacher trainer, administrator, and researcher in the field of Haitian Kreyòl, bilingual education, and language and cognitive development. She studied psychology at the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico in San German, Creole Linguistics at Indiana University in Bloomington, and Language Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge. She is one of the founding members of the Haitian Studies Association. Her research is about the type of thinking and language skills students from diverse cultural backgrounds bring to learning situations. Her scholarly publications center on connecting classrooms work to funds of knowledge students bring from their home and culture. Her work with the Chèche Konnen Center at TERC has been published in the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and several edited volumes on science discourse and assessment. In Haiti she has been a consultant on education at Fokal and the Open Society Foundation, and an advisor to Prime Minister Michele D. Pierre-Louis and to the USAID education office. She is currently and independent consultant and researcher.

Interests: Education, Linguistics, Psychology / Social Psychology
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Veroneque Ignace

Kriyol Dance! Collective

Véronëque Ignace is a cultural activist, public health researcher and consultant, community-based organizer, and curating performing artist. Ignace is using ethnographic tools, performance work, research, and public health understanding of program planning and evaluation to facilitate growth, racial equity policies, an orientation toward socio-political community development at non-profits, grassroots groups, large arts institutions.

Interests: Medicine / Public Health, Arts - Performing
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Tatsuya IMAI

The University of Tokyo (Japan) - a doctoral student

I'm writing a PhD dissertation about Haiti under U.S. occupation 1915-1934, focusing on the public health policy and vodou.

Interests: Anthropology, Arts, Performing, Black studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Development, Diaspora studies, History, Human rights, Immigration, Languages, Literature, Medicine/public health, Music, Queer theory, Performance studies, Political Science, Religion, Sexualities, Sociology
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Regine O Jackson

Agnes Scott College - Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana

Professor Jackson is a migration scholar, whose teaching and research focus on American immigration, the Haitian diaspora, Caribbean and African immigrants in the U.S., and place/urban studies. She has received grants and awards from the American Sociological Association, Social Science Research Council, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Ford Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Before joining the faculty at Agnes Scott, she taught at Emory University and the University of Richmond. Her current research focuses on Haitian émigrés in postcolonial Africa and on African and Caribbean immigrants in the (new) South.

Interests: Black Studies, Diaspora Studies, Identity, Immigration
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Erica Moiah James

University of Miami - Assistant Professor

Erica Moiah James is an Art Historian, Curator and Assistant Professor at The University of Miami. Her research and writing centers on indigenous, modern and contemporary art of the Caribbean and the African Diaspora. Select publications include Charles White's J'Accuse! and the Limits of Universal Blackness (AAAJ, 2016); Every N***r is a Star: Re-imaging Blackness from Post Civil Rights America to the Post-Independence Caribbean (Black Camera, 2016), Decolonizing Time: Nineteenth Century Haitian Portraiture and the Critique of Anachronism in Caribbean Art (NKA, 2019) and numerous curatorial essays including "The Black Sublime: Rene Pena's Archangel, 2018" (SX 2019), Ricardo Brey's "Adrift"(MER, B&L, 2019) and "Theriantropic Beasts: The Mystic Revelation of Tomás Esson" (ICA 2020), "Edouard Duval Carrié: Historical Retelling and the Postmodern Baroque" (Bass Museum 2020) and "Didier William: The Rule of Perfect Certainty" (2020). Her forthcoming book is entitled After Caliban: Caribbean Art in the Global Imaginary. Before arriving in Miami, she was the founding director and chief curator of the National Gallery of The Bahamas (2003-2011) and an Assistant Professor at Yale University. She is a 2019-2022 Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Center, University of Johannesburg, S.A.

Interests: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Digital Humanities, Environment, History, Literature, Queer Theory, Arts - Performing, Arts - Visual, Women's and Gender Studies
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Kiran Jayaram Jayaram

University of South Florida - Assistant Professor

Kiran Jayaram is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. From 2014-2017, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Université d'Etat d'Haïti (Faculté d'Ethnologie). He specializes in an anthropology of political economy, mobility, and education. Kiran has taught university-level courses in the US, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. His work has appeared in several articles and book chapters, as well as two co-edited volumes, Keywords of Mobility (2016/2018) and Transnational Hispaniola (2018).

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

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Yolande JEAN PIERRE

Interests: Education, Languages, Linguistics, Literature
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Regine Jean-Charles

Boston College - Associate Professor

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Régine Michelle Jean-Charles is a Black feminist literary scholar and cultural critic specializing in Francophone Studies. An associate professor at Boston College, her scholarship and teaching on world literatures in French includes Black France, sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, and the Haitian diaspora. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an AM and PhD from Harvard University. She has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Mays Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. She is the author of Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary (2014) as well as numerous essays that have appeared in edited volumes and journals such as American Quarterly, French Forum, the Journal of Haitian Studies, Research in African Literatures, Palimpsest, and Small Axe. She is currently working on two book projects: one on Black feminism and literary ethics in contemporary Haitian fiction and another on Haitian girlhood in literary and visual texts.

Interests: Languages, Literature, Women's and Gender Studies
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