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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James Fisher

Ohio University - Student

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James J. Fisher is a PhD Candidate at Ohio University studying Senegambian politics, music, and cultural governance. He holds an MA from OU in History and a BA in Black World Studies and History from Miami University. His research deals primarily with popular culture, particularly hip-hop music, and intellectual history in the Black Atlantic. He has previously written on the intellectual thought of African leaders, such as Léopold Senghor and Thomas Sankara, as well as on the work of Martiniquais revolutionary, Frantz Fanon.

Interests: Black studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, History

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Christian Flaugh

SUNY-University at Buffalo - Associate professor

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Christian Flaugh is Associate Professor of French, Africana, and Caribbean Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (SUNY-University at Buffalo). He co-founded and co-coordinates the Humanities Institute Performance Research Workshop, a regional hub of scholarly and artistic programming. Flaugh is the author of Operation Freak: Narrative, Identity, and the Spectrum of Bodily Abilities (2012, McGill-Queen's UP), and co-editor of Marie Vieux Chauvet's Theatres: Thought, Form, and Performance of Revolt (2018, Caribbean Series, Brill). Articles and chapters appear in, for example, Journal of Haitian Studies, Cultural Dynamics, L'Esprit Créateur, Francosphères, Theatre Topics, and The Methuen Drama Handbook to Theatre and Gender (forthcoming). Flaugh's current projects focus on gendered encounters in contemporary Afro-Caribbean theatres, pedagogies and publics of global African and Caribbean performance, and narratives of intervention, mobility, and disability "around Haiti." Flaugh co-founded Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte with whom he performed from 2000 to 2008; and he consulted with the creative team of AT BUFFALO, an in-progress musical that performs the Black archives of Buffalo's 1901 Pan-American Exposition.

Interests: Anthropology, Arts - Performing, Black studies, Cultural Studies, Decolonization, Diaspora Studies, Education, Environment, History, Human ights, Humanitarian aid, Identity, International Relations, Literature, Media, Mental health, Queer theory, Performance studies, Political Science, Religion, Sexualities, Women’s and Gender Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Scott Freeman

American University - Professor

Interests: Anthropology
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Anne Fuller

independent scholar

Anne F. Fuller is a human rights advocate who has been concerned with Haiti since the late 1980s. She joined the New York-based National Coalition for Haitian Refugees (NCHR) in 1988, and opened its Port-au-Prince office in 1992. She has published numerous reports and articles on human rights in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Fuller also worked with the UN-OAS International Civilian Mission in Haiti (MICIVIH), the OAS Special Mission to Strengthen Democracy in Haiti, the International Mission to Evaluate Elections in Haiti, the Open Society Institute and the Vera Institute of Justice. She joined the UN in 2006, serving in human rights positions in Sudan, Afghanistan and Kosovo, before joining MINUSTAH in 2012. She is a Haitian Creole & French - English interpreter, and is currently writing a book about a 1964 massacre in southeast Haiti. She is active in Haiti with Devoir de Memoire-Haiti, Profamil and the Fondation Zile.

Interests: Anthropology, Human ights, Immigration, Media, Political Science
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Julia Gaffield

Georgia State University - Associate Professor

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Julia Gaffield is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University. She received her PhD from Duke University in 2012. Her work focuses on early nineteenth-century state and diplomatic history. Her first book, "Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after Revolution," was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2015 and won the 2016 Mary Alice and Frederick Boucher Book Prize from the French Colonial Historical Society. She is currently writing a biography of Jean-Jacques Dessalines (under contract with Yale UP) and a diplomatic history of the Catholic Church and Haiti in the nineteenth century (under contract with the OIEAHC Press).

Interests: Decolonization, History, International Relations
Open to talking with: Anyone

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LUCIEN Georges Eddy

Universite d'Etat d;Haiti - profesor

Interests: Diaspora Studies
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Gary Gervais

University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras - adjunct

Gary William Gervais (PhD in Biology, University of Puerto Rico, 2000), until recently, was working as a visiting scientist and teacher at the Université Quisqueya in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Prior to that he worked for 8 years as associate scientist and instructor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. He has had extensive professional experience in industry, government and academia. After completing his Bachelor's degree, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, which gave him a taste for international development work, which he has never lost. Upon completing his Master's Degree in Food Engineering, he worked as a research associate in process development at Schering Plough in New Jersey. He moved to Puerto Rico in the year 1990 to work at Tropico, a government agency created to promote high-tech startups in biotechnology, renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. He subsequently returned to academia to complete a PhD in Biology, carrying out dissertation research on mechanisms of drug resistance in malaria parasites. He then taught microbiology for several years before returning to economic development work for the government in the Office of Science and Technology of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Corporation (PRIDCO). His research focus since 2005 has been the development and commercialization of biogas production.

Interests: Development, Economics, Environment, Natural Sciences
Open to talking with: Anyone

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Malick Ghachem

MIT - professor

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Malick W. Ghachem is a historian and lawyer. His primary areas of concentration are slavery and abolition, criminal law, and constitutional history. He is the author of The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2012), a history of the law of slavery in Saint-Domingue (Haiti) between 1685 and 1804. He teaches courses on the Age of Revolution, Slavery and Abolition, American criminal justice, and other topics. Professor Ghachem earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University and his doctorate in history from Stanford. He clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Miami, FL in 2004. A member of the Massachusetts bar, Professor Ghachem practiced law in Boston from 2005 to 2010 for two law firms: Zalkind, Rodriguez, Lunt & Duncan LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. For part of that period (2006-2007) he served as a lecturer in MIT's Political Science Department. Between 2010 and 2013, he taught at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, ME, where he is now a Senior Scholar.

Interests: History, International Relations, constitutional law
Open to talking with: Activists, Educators (K-12), Government Officials, Journalists, Non-Profit Organizations, Policymakers, Scholars, Students (College)

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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
Open to talking with: Anyone

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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
Open to talking with: Anyone

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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
Open to talking with: Anyone

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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
Open to talking with: Anyone

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