Haitian Studies Association

Membership Directory

This public directory of members of the Haitian Studies Association is intended to showcases our member’s knowledge and expertise to students, scholars, media, nonprofits, philanthropic, policymaking, and government agencies.

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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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marie andrine Constant

Interests: Identity, Literature, Medicine/public health, Mental health

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Robyn Cope

Binghamton University - Assistant Professor of French

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Robyn Cope is Assistant Professor of French at Binghamton University. Her primary research interests include Caribbean women's writing and literary food studies. Cope has published and presented a number of times on Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat's fiction. Her current monograph project, tentatively titled The Pen and the Pan: Food, Fiction, and Homegrown Caribbean Feminism(s), is a comparative study of culinary fiction by Caribbean women writers from the Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean. Braiding literature, history, and gender studies, The Pen and the Pan argues that over the past quarter century, Caribbean women writers, including Danticat, have used food and fiction to make visible the invisible histories of Caribbean women's everyday experiences with oppression and resistance and to advocate for coalitional Caribbean feminism(s).

Interests: Decolonization, Diaspora Studies, Environment, Literature, Women's and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Scholars

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Bastien Craipain

University of Chicago - Humanities Teaching Fellow

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Stephanie Curci

Phillips Academy Andover - Instructor

Interests: Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Digital Humanities, Education, History, Literature
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Pascal Dafinis

UCI - Student

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Graduate student at the University of Irvine studying Haitian migration through Latin America.

Interests: Black studies, Immigration
Open to talking with: Government Officials, Non-Profit Organizations, Scholars

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Kyrah Malika Daniels

Boston College - Assistant Professor

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Dr. Kyrah Malika Daniels is Assistant Professor of Art History and African & African Diaspora Studies, with a courtesy appointment in Theology at Boston College. Her research interests include Africana religions, sacred arts and material culture, race, religion and visual culture, and ritual healing traditions in the Black Atlantic world. Her first book (Art of the Healing Gods, in progress) is a comparative religion project that examines sacred art objects used in healing ceremonies to treat spiritual illnesses and mental health conditions in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Daniels was awarded a Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art for 2019-2020. Between 2009-2010, Daniels served as Junior Curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Following the earthquake of 2010, she worked in St. Raphael, Haiti, with Lakou Soley Academic and Cultural Arts Center, a grassroots organization that develops arts-based pedagogy. Her work has been published in the Journal of Africana Religions, the Journal of Haitian Studies, and the Journal for the American Academy of Religion. Daniels currently serves as Co-Vice President for KOSANBA, the Scholarly Association for the Study of Haitian Vodou, and as a Leadership Council Member for the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA). She completed her B.A. in Africana Studies at Stanford University, and received her M.A. in Religion and her Ph.D. in African & African American Studies at Harvard University.

Interests: Anthropology, Black Studies, Decolonization, Diaspora Studies, Environment, Religion, Medicine / Public Health, Arts - Performing, Arts - Visual, Women's and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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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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Fritzline Désir

Université INUKA - Student

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Je suis Fritzline Désir, étudiante en sciences de l'éducation, passionnée de l'écriture et du savoir. J'espère que cette plateforme me permettra d'apporter ou d'amener des réflexions et des solutions efficaces aux problèmes scolaires afin de pouvoir aborder les vrais enjeux de l'accès à l'éducation en Haïti.

Interests: Education, Languages
Open to talking with: Educators (K-12), Students (College)

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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
Open to talking with: Anyone

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