Professor of History
I am a specialist on the history and culture of the Atlantic world, with a focus on the Caribbean and particularly Haiti. I am the faculty director of the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University, and write for magazines including the New Republic, Sports Illustrated, and the New Yorker. I recently completed a book entitled The Banjo: America's African instrument, which is forthcoming with Harvard University Press in the Spring of 2016. I have received a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, a National Humanities Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship to support this work. My most recent book Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (Metropolitan Books, 2012) tells the history of the country from it's founding revolution to the present day. 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. In 2004 I published Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (Harvard) as well as A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (Published by UNC Press for the Omohundro Institute), which won four book prizes including the Frederick Douglass Prize. I have also co-edited a collection of documents on the Haitian Revolution with John Garrigus, a reader entitled Origins of the Black Atlantic with Julius Scott 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 advise graduate students in both History and Romance Studies, working on a range of topics in Caribbean and French colonial and post-colonial studies.
Humanities Writ Large awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2018
National Humanities Center Fellows Program awarded by National Humanities Center (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017
World Cup and World Politics awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2010
Dubois, Laurent, Kaiama Glover, Nadeve Menard, Chantalle F. Verna, and Millery Polyné. The Haiti Reader History, Culture, Politics. Latin America Readers, 2020.
Dubois, Laurent, and Richard Lee Turits. Freedom Roots Histories from the Caribbean. UNC Press Books, 2019.
Coronil, Fernando. The Fernando Coronil Reader The Struggle for Life Is the Matter, 2019.
Dubois, L. The Banjo: America's African Instrument. Harvard University Press, 2016.
Miller, J. C., V. Brown, J. Cañizares-Esguerra, L. Dubois, and K. O. Kupperman. The Princeton companion to Atlantic history, 2015.
Gaffield, Julia, and Michel Acacia. Documents constitutionnels d’Haïti 1790-1860 / Constitutional Documents of Haiti, 1790-1860. Edited by Laurent Dubois. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2013.
Dubois, L. Haiti: The Aftershocks of History. Metropolitan Books, 2012.
Bender, T., R. Rabinowitz, and L. Dubois. Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. New York: Giles Ltd, 2011.
Dubois, L. Soccer empire: The World cup and the future of France, 2010.
Dubois, L. “Review of France and the American Tropics to 1700: Tropics of Discontent by Philip P. Boucher.” H France Review, January 2009.
Dubois, L. “Review of L’aristocracie de l’epiderme and Frederic Regent, La France et ses esclaves by Florence Gauthier.” Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales, May 2008.
Dubois, L. “On the History of the Jamaican Maroons, Review of True-Born Maroons by Kenneth Bilby.” Journal of African American History, 2008.
Dubois, L. “A Free Man, Review of Toussaint Louverture by Madison Smartt Bell.” The Nation, April 16, 2007.
Dubois, L. “Review of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World by David Brion Davis.” American Historical Review. Oxford University Press, February 2007.
Dubois, L. “Review of Mastery, Tyranny and Desire by Trevor Burnard.” Slavery and Abolition, December 2005.
Dubois, L. “Review of A Pro-Slavery Foreign Policy by Tim Matthewson.” American Historical Review, October 2005.
Dubois, L. “Review of Esclavage métissage, liberté: La Révolution française en Guadeloupe, 1789-1802 by Frédéric Régent.” H France, July 2005.
Dubois, L. “Review of A Pro-Slavery Foreign Policy by Tim Matthewson.” American Historical Review. Oxford University Press, 2005.
Dubois, L. “Haitian sovereignty: A brief history.” In Who Owns Haiti?: People, Power, and Sovereignty, 16–28, 2017.
Dubois, L. “Revolts, slave.” In The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History, 404–7, 2015.
Dubois, L. “Emancipations.” In The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History, 179–82, 2015.
Dubois, L. “The nineteenth century: Consolidation and reconfiguration.” In The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History, 46–54, 2015.
Dubois, L. “Haitian Independence in Haitian Vodou.” In The Haitian Declaration of Independence, edited by J. Garfield. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015.
Dubois, L. “Power and Martyrdom.” In From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography (Exhibit Catalogue), 22–27. Fort Lauderdale: NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 2015.
Dubois, L. “In the theater of the World Cup.” In Africa’s World Cup: Critical Reflections on Play, Patriotism, Spectatorship, and Space, 9780472029112:210–18, 2013.
Dubois, L. M., and J. Scott. “An African Revolutionary in the Atlantic World.” In Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn, edited by T. Bender, L. Dubois, and R. Rabinowitz. New York: Giles Ltd., 2011.
Dubois, Laurent. “Spirit Possession in French, Haitian, and Vodou Thought: An Intellectual History.” French Studies 70, no. 1 (January 2016): 144–45. https://doi.org/10.1093/fs/knv254. Full Text
Dubois, L. “Thinking Haiti’s Nineteenth Century.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 44 (July 2014): 72–79.
Dubois, Laurent. “Racism and the specter of "dual nationality" in French football.” Contemporary French Civilization 39, no. 1 (January 2014): 111–32. https://doi.org/10.3828/cfc.2014.7. Full Text
Dubois, Laurent. “"On the Sounds of Haiti": Excerpt from Lyonel Trouillot, La belle amour humaine (2011).” Transition 111 (May 2013): 8–13.
Dubois, L. “Lambda theory: Introduction of a constant for "nothing" into set theory, a model of consistency and most noticeable conclusions.” Logique Et Analyse 56, no. 222 (April 1, 2013): 165–81.
Dubois, Laurent. “Haiti’s Traces.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 39 (November 2012): 177–87.
Dubois, Laurent Marc. “Eloge Pour Michel-Rolph Trouillot.” Transition 109 (October 2012): 21–32.
Dubois, L. M. “Dessalines Toro d'Haiti.” William and Mary Quarterly 69, no. 3 (July 2012): 541–48.
Dubois, L., and M. C. Bousquette. “As playoffs near, can NWSL take steps forward with World Cup momentum?,” September 9, 2015.
Dubois, L. “Five Essays,” June 2015.
Dubois, L. “For Algeria, Football Remains a Faultline with France,” June 14, 2014.
Dubois, L. “Haiti on the Small Screen,” May 15, 2014.
Dubois, L. “Afro-Europe in the World Cup,” January 7, 2014.
Dubois, L. “Nine Articles,” 2014.
Dubois, L. “Drogbacité,” May 22, 2012.
Dubois, L. “Haiti: The Aftershocks of History,” April 6, 2012.
“Global France: An Interview with Laurent Dubois,” April 10, 2010.
Dubois, L., and J. Casimir. “Reckoning in Haiti,” January 2010.
. L. “Haiti and Francophone Caribbean.” Edited by L. Dubois. Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro Latin American Biography, 2016.
Dubois, L. “How Will Haiti Reckon with the Duvalier Years?” New Yorker (New York, N.Y. : 1925), October 6, 2014.
Dubois, L. “Saphir Taïder Leads Bleus Who Went Green.” New Republic. New Republic, June 10, 2014.
Dubois, L. “Haïti: Une révolution au coeur de l’Atlantique noir.” Les Grands Dossiers Des Sciences Humaines, 2014.
Dubois, L. “Confronting the Legacies of Slavery.” New York Times, October 2013.
Dubois, Laurent. “Brazil 2014 Starts Now.” Sports Illustrated/ Roads & Kingdoms, September 2013.
Dubois, Laurent. “Jogo Bonito.” Africa Is a Country, June 2013.
Dubois, Laurent. “The Blood of the Impure.” Africa Is a Country, March 2013.
Dubois, L. “The Hijab on the Pitch.” The Feminist Wire, August 2012.