Laurent Dubois

Laurent Dubois

Professor of Romance Studies

External address: 
213 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 
(919) 660-3112

Overview

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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1998

  • B.A., Princeton University 1992

Dubois, L. "Avenging America: The Politics of Violence in the Haitian Revolution." In The World of the Haitian Revolution: Viewed 200 Years After,edited by D Geggus and N Fiering, 111-124. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009. (Essay)

Dubois, L. "“Unworthy of liberty?” Slavery, terror, and revolution in Haiti." In Enemies of Humanity: The Nineteenth-Century War on Terrorism, 45-62. January 1, 2008. Full Text

Dubois, L. "The French Atlantic." In The Atlantic World: A Critical Appraisal,edited by J Greene and P Morgan, 137-162. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. (Essay)

Dubois, L. "Maroons in the archives: The uses of the past in the French Caribbean." In Archives, Documentation, and Institutions of Social Memory: Essays from the Sawyer Seminar, 291-300. December 1, 2006.

Dubois, L. "Citizen soldiers: Emancipation and military service in the revolutionary French Caribbean." In Arming Slaves: From Classical Times To The Modern Age, 233-254. December 1, 2006.

Dubois, L. "History's Quarrel: The Future of the Past in the French Caribbean." In Beyond Fragmentation: Perspectives on Caribbean History,edited by J de Barros, A Diptee, and DV Trotman, 213-230. Princeton: Markus Weiner Publishers, 2006. (Essay)

Dubois, L. "The Revolutionary Period in Haiti, 1791-1804." In Common Routes: St. Domingue- Louisiana (Exhibit Catalog). Historic New Orleans Collection, 2006. (Essay)

Dubois, L. "Republican Racism and Anti-Racism: A Caribbean Genealogy." In Race in France: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Difference,edited by H Chapman and L Frader. New York: Berghahn Books, 2004. (Essay)

Dubois, L. "In Search of the Haitian Revolution." In Francophone Studies: Postcolonial Issues and the Study of the French-Speaking World,edited by C Forsdick and D Murphy, 27-34. London: Arnold Publishers, 2003. (Essay)

Pages

Dubois, LM, and Camier, B. "Voltaire, Zaïre, Dessalines: Le Théâtre des Lumières dans L’Atlantique français." Revue d'histoire moderne et contemporaine 54, no. 4 (December 2007): 39-69.

Dubois, LM. "Capturing Louverture." Small Axe 23 (June 2007): 177-185. (Academic Article)

Dubois, LM. "The Haitian Revolution and the Sale of Louisiana." The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of Arts in the South 44, no. 3 (March 2007): 18-41. (Academic Article)

Dubois, LM. "Histoires d’esclavage en France et aux Etats-Unis." Esprit (February 2007): 71-80.

Dubois, LM, and Josué, E. "Le Vodou, Miroir de l’histoire: Dialogue." Tabou: Revue du Musée d’Ethnologie de Genève 5 (2007): 325-340.

Dubois, LM. "'Vivre Libre ou Mourir!' Haiti and Guadeloupe in the Revolutionary Era." Jamaican Historical Review XXIII (2007): 1-15. (Academic Article)

Camier, B, and Dubois, L. "Voltaire and Zaire, or the theater of the Enlightenment in the French atlantic area." REVUE D HISTOIRE MODERNE ET CONTEMPORAINE 54, no. 4 (2007): 39-69. Full Text

Dubois, LM. "Solitude’s Statue: Confronting the Past in the French Caribbean." Outre-Mers 350-351 (June 2006): 27-38.

Dubois, LM. "An Enslaved Enlightenment: Re-Thinking the Intellectual History of the French Atlantic." Social History 31, no. 1 (February 2006): 1-14.

Dubois, L. "La revanche de l’Amérique : La politique de violence dans la révolution haïtienne." Translated by J Casimir. Revue de la Société haïtienne d’histoire et de géographie (2005).

Pages

Dubois, L. "The Road to 1848: Interpreting French Anti-Slavery." Slavery and Abolition: a journal of slave and post-slave studies 22, no. 3 (December 2001): 150-157. (Scholarly Commentary)

Dubois, L. "Vodou and History." Comparative studies in society and history 43, no. 1 (January 2001): 92-100. (Scholarly Commentary)

Dubois, L. "Moreau de St. Mery." Edited by J Rodriquez. Encyclopedia of World Slavery (1997).

Dubois, L. "Jean-Baptiste Chavannes." Edited by J Rodriquez. Encyclopedia of World Slavery (1997).

Dubois, L. "Charles Leclerc." Edited by J Rodriquez. Encyclopedia of World Slavery (1997).

Dubois, L. "Montesquieu." Edited by J Rodriquez. Encyclopedia of World Slavery (1997).

Dubois, L. "Royal Rebellion in the Caribbean Slave Quarters." The Drawbridge 6: 9-9.

Pages

Fall 2018

Public Scholarship (HISTORY 706S)
Languages 208, Tu 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Spring 2018

Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
East Duke 209, Tu 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
Old Chem 003, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
West Duke 108A, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
Languages 114A, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
Allen 317, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Readings In Cultural History (HISTORY 790S-14)
Perkins 065, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Fall 2017

Rsch Top Methods & Theory (HISTORY 890S-13)
West Duke 08A, Tu 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Spring 2016

Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
East Duke 209, Tu 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
East Duke 209, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
East Duke 108, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
Friedl Bdg 126, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
Allen 306, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Modern Caribbean (HISTORY 321)
Friedl Bdg 126, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Spring 2015

Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
East Duke 209, Tu 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
East Duke 204B, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
Social Sciences 107, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
Languages 207, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Soccer Politics (HISTORY 266D)
Allen 306, Th 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Modern Caribbean (HISTORY 321)
Friedl Bdg 107, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Spring 2014

Topics In History Seminar (HISTORY 590S)
SEE INSTRU , Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM