Laurent M. Dubois
  • Laurent M. Dubois

  • Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History
  • History
  • 315 Carr Building
  • Phone: (919) 660-3112 (Romance Studies); (919) 681-7019 (History)
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 in 213 Languages Building
  • Homepage
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Specialties

    • Comparative Colonial Studies
    • Global Transnational History
    • Medieval and Early Modern History
    • Race and Ethnicity
    • Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Global and Comparative
  • Research Summary

    Anthropology, History and Literature of the French Caribbean and the Atlantic World
  • Research Description

    My book Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, which tells the history of the country from it's founding revolution to the present day, was published in January of 2012. In 2010 I published Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France, and continue to write about soccer at my blog Soccer Politics. I have also recently co-edited, with Julius Scott, a reader entitled Origins of the Black Atlantic and, with Thomas Bender and Richard Rabinowitz, the catalogue for the exhibit Revolution!: The Atlantic World Reborn, for which I was co-chair of the scholar's committee. I am also co-editing the "Haiti Reader" for Duke University Press. I am now focusing my research on my book on the history of the banjo (under contract with Harvard University Press), for which I have received a National Humanities Center Fellowship and a Guggenhiem Fellowship. For the past three years, I have held a Mellon New Directions Fellowship which has allowed me to study and research musicology and ethnomusicology. I am the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory at the Franklin Humanities Institute, where I work on collaborative projects in a number of areas including the history of Vodou and the question of land, environment and agriculture. I advice graduate students in both History and Romance Studies, working on a range of topics in Caribbean and French colonial and post-colonial studies.
  • Areas of Interest

    Caribbean
    French Atlantic
    Contemporary France
    Afro-Atlantic Music and Religion
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Interdisciplinary Program in Anthropology and History,
      • University of Michigan,
      • 1998
      • BA,
      • Majors: Anthropology and English; Minors: African-American Studies, Creative Writing, Latin American Studies,
      • Princeton University,
      • 1992
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Howard Johnson Teaching Award,
      • Duke University Trinity College of Arts & Sciences,
      • 2012
      • Frederick Douglass Prize,
      • Gilder Lehrman Center,
      • February, 2005
      • David Pickney Book Prize,
      • Society for French History Studies,
      • 2005
      • Atlantic History Prize,
      • American Historical Association,
      • 2004
      • John H. Fagg Award,
      • American Historical Association,
      • 2004
  • Selected Publications

      • Haiti: The Aftershocks of History.
      • Metropolitan Books,
      • 2012.
      • Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France.
      • University of California Press,
      • 2010.
      • With John Garrigus.
      • Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804: A Brief History With Documents.
      • Bedford Press,
      • 2006.
      • [web]
      • Les Vengeurs du Nouveau Monde: Histoire de la Révolution haïtienne.
      • Editions Les Perseides,
      • 2006.
      • [web]
      • Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution.
      • The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,
      • 2004.
      • [web]
      • A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804.
      • Published for the Omohundro Institute by the University of North Carolina Press,
      • 2004.
      • [web]
      • Les esclaves de la République: l’histoire oubliée de la première émancipation, 1789-1794.
      • Calmann-Lévy,,
      • 1998.
      • With Thomas Bender and Richard Rabinowitz.
      • "Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn."
      • Giles Ltd,
      • 2011.
      • [web]
      • Laurent Dubois and Julius S. Scott.
      • "Origins of the Black Atlantic."
      • Routledge,
      • 2009.
      • [web]
      • "Haiti's Traces."
      • Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism
      • 39
      • (November, 2012)
      • :
      • 177-187.
      • "Eloge Pour Michel-Rolph Trouillot."
      • Transition
      • 109
      • (Fall, 2012)
      • :
      • 21-32.
      • "Dessalines Toro d'Haiti."
      • William and Mary Quarterly
      • 3rd ser, 69
      • .3
      • (July, 2012)
      • :
      • 541-548.
      • "An Atlantic Revolution."
      • French Historical Studies
      • 32
      • .4
      • (Fall, 2009)
      • :
      • 655-661.
      • [web]
      • "Reading the Black Jacobins, Seven Decades Later."
      • NACLA Report on the Americas
      • 42
      • .2
      • (March-April)
      • :
      • 38-43.
      • [web]
      • With Bernard Camier.
      • "Voltaire, Zaïre, Dessalines: Le Théâtre des Lumières dans L’Atlantique français."
      • Revue d'histoire moderne et contemporaine
      • 54
      • .4
      • (December, 2007)
      • :
      • 39-69.
      • "Capturing Louverture."
      • Small Axe
      • 23
      • (June, 2007)
      • :
      • 177-185.
      • "The Haitian Revolution and the Sale of Louisiana."
      • The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of Arts in the South
      • 44
      • .3
      • (Spring, 2007)
      • :
      • 18-41.
      • "Histoires d’esclavage en France et aux Etats-Unis."
      • Esprit
      • (February, 2007)
      • .
      • [web]
      • With Erol Josué.
      • "Le Vodou, Miroir de l’histoire: Dialogue."
      • Tabou: Revue du Musée d’Ethnologie de Genève
      • 5
      • (2007)
      • :
      • 325-340.
      • [web]
      • "An Enslaved Enlightenment: Re-Thinking the Intellectual History of the French Atlantic."
      • Social History
      • 31
      • .1
      • (February, 2006)
      • :
      • 1-14.
      • "’Citoyens et Amis!’ Esclavage, citoyenneté et République dans les Antilles françaises à l’époque révolutionnaire."
      • Annales
      • 58
      • .2
      • (March-April 2003)
      • :
      • 281-304.
      • [web]
      • "La République Métissée: Citizenship, Colonialism, and the Borders of French History."
      • Cultural Studies
      • 14
      • .1
      • (Winter, 2000)
      • :
      • 15-34.
      • "Republican Racism and Anti-Racism: A Caribbean Genealogy."
      • French Politics, Culture and Society
      • 18
      • .3
      • (Fall, 2000)
      • :
      • 5-17.
      • Reprinted in Herrick Chapman and Laura Frader, eds., Race in France: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Difference (New York: Berghahn Books, 2004)..
      • "‘The Price of Liberty’: Victor Hugues and the Administration of Freedom in Guadeloupe, 1794-1802."
      • William and Mary Quarterly
      • Quarterly 3rd series, LVI
      • .2
      • (April, 1999)
      • :
      • 363-392.
      • Reprinted in Gary Kates, The French Revolution: Recent Debates & Controversies, 2nd ed. (New York: Routledge, 2006).
      • "A Spoonful of Blood: Blaming Haitians for AIDS."
      • Science as Culture
      • 6
      • .26
      • (Winter, 1997)
      • :
      • 7-43.
      • With Jean Casimir.
      • "Reckoning in Haiti."
      • Haiti Rising: Haitian History, Culture and the Earthquake of 2010.
      • Ed. Martin Munro.
      • University of West Indies Press,
      • 2010.
      • "The French Atlantic."
      • Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal.
      • Ed. Jack P. Green and Philip D. Morgan.
      • Oxford University Press,
      • 2009.
      • 137-162.
      • [web]
      • "The Hijab on the Pitch."
      • The Feminist Wire
      • (August 3, 2012)
      • .
      • [web]
      • With Alexander Wolff.
      • "French World Cup Hero Thuram Working to Battle Racism in Soccer and Society."
      • Sports Illustrated
      • (June 1, 2012)
      • .
      • [web]
      • With Madison Smartt Bell.
      • "The Haitian Revolution at the Crossroads: A Discussion Between Madison Smartt Bell and Laurent Dubois."
      • Common-Place.org
      • 7
      • .4
      • (July, 2007)
      • .
      • [web]
      • With Michel Giraud, Marc-Olivier Padis, and Patrick Weil.
      • "“Une histoire à transmettre,” interview with Lilian Thuram,."
      • Esprit
      • (February, 2007)
      • :
      • 117-123.
      • [web]
      • "Egalite for All: Human Rights and the Haitian Revolution."
      • 2008.
      • (I was the head historical consultant for Koval Films on a documentary on the Haitian Revolution, aired on PBS in January 2009.)
      • [web]
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  • Postdoctoral Students

  • PhD Students

    • Michael J. Becker
    • Claire A. Payton
    • Eliza Dandridge
      • 2010 - present
    • Joaquin Bueno
      • 2009 - present
    • Reginald Patterson
      • 2007 - present
  • Teaching

    • HISTORY 590S.01
      • TOPICS IN HISTORY SEMINAR
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      • Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
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