Haitian Studies Association

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Claudine Michel

UCSB - Professor Emerita

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Email: claudine@ucsb.edu
Open to talking with: Anyone

Interests: Black Studies, Diaspora Studies, Religion, Women's and Gender Studies

Claudine Michel is Professor Emerita of Black Studies, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), where she served for over three decades in multiple capacities, including her last position as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs. She holds a B.A. from the École Normale Supérieure (also studied at the Faculté d'Ethnologie), Université d'État d'Haiti, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from UCSB. In the 1980s she produced educational television series (Dodo Titit and Pawol Ti Moun) for Télévision Nationale d'Haiti. Crossing traditional boundaries in education, religion and Black Studies her research addresses core family values and reconceptualizes alternative modes of knowledge production, ways of being, and pedagogical interventions. Volumes authored or co-edited include: Aspects Moraux et Educatifs du Vodou Haïtien • Etude Comparative des Théories du Développement de l'Enfant • Black Studies: Current Issues, Enduring Questions • The Black Studies Reader • Haitian Vodou: Spirit, Myth and Reality • Vodou in Haitian Life and Culture: Invisible Powers • Brassage: An Anthology of Haitian Poetry • Remembrance/Re-Mémoire: Loss, Hope, Recovery after the Earthquake in Haiti. Since 1997 she has been editor of the Journal of Haitian Studies and is a founding member of Kosanba, a Scholarly Association for the Study of Haitian Vodou and Kalfou, a Journal of Comparative Ethnic and Relational Studies. Honors include teaching awards from UCSB, awards from the Haitian Studies Association (HSA), and the Jean Price-Mars Medal from the Faculté d'Ethnologie (UEH). Dr. Michel is a former president of HSA and currently serves as its Executive Director.