Professor of Romance Studies
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.
Dubois, L. Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004.
Dubois, L. 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.
Dubois, L. Les esclaves de la République: l'histoire oubliée de la première émancipation, 1789-1794. Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1998.
Dubois, L, and Turits, R. A History of the Caribbean (Under Contract). University of North Carolina Press.
The Haiti Reader (Under Contract). Ed. L Dubois, K Glover, N Menard, M Polyné, and C Verma. Duke University Press. (Edited Book)
Critique de la Raison Nègre (Critique of Black Reason) by Achille Mbembe (translation under contract). Trans. L Dubois. Duke University Press.
Dubois, L. "Review of Haitian Revolutionary Studies by David Geggus." H-France 3 (February 2003).
Dubois, L. "Review of Haitian Revolutionary Studies by David Geggus." H-France 3.7 (February 2003).
Dubois, L. ""The Road to 1848: Interpreting French Anti-Slavery." Reviews of French Anti-Slavery: The Movement for the Abolition of Slavery in France, 1802-1848 by Lawrence C. Jennings and The Politics of Slave Trade Suppression in Britain and France, 1814-48 by Paul Michael Kielstra." Slavery and Abolition 22 (December 2001): 150-157.
Dubois, L. "Review of D'une abolition, l'autre: Anthologie raisonnée de textes consacrés à la seconde abolition de l'esclavage dans les colonies françaises, Myriam Cottias, ed." Histoire, Economie, Société 19 (2000): 299-300.
Dubois, L. "Review of D’une abolition, l’autre: Anthologie raisonnée de textes consacrés à la seconde abolition de l’esclavage dans les colonies françaises by Myriam Cottias, ed." Histoire, Economie, Société 19.2 (2000): 299-300.
Dubois, L. "Review of The Citizen Patient in Revolutionary and Imperial Paris by Dora Weiner." Comparative Studies in Society and History 38 (April 1996): 402-404.
Dubois, L. "Review of The Citizen Patient in Revolutionary and Imperial Paris by Dora Weiner." Comparative Studies in Society and History 38.2 (April 1996): 402-404.
Dubois, L. "Gendered Freedom: Citoyennes and War in the Revolutionary French Caribbean." Gender, War, and Politics Translatlantic Perspectives, 1775-1830. Ed. K Hagemann, G Mettele, and J Rendall. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 59-70. (Essay)
Dubois, L. "The Revolutionary Abolitionists of Haiti." War, Empire, and Slavery, 1770-1830. Ed. R Bessel, N Guyatt, and J Rendall. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 44-60. (Essay)
Dubois, L. "L’identité du Onze tricolore: un heritage colonial?." L’Empire des sports. Ed. P Singaravélou and J Sorez. Paris: Belin, 2010. 183-200. (Essay)
Dubois, L. "Reckoning in Haiti." Haiti Rising: Haitian History, Culture and the Earthquake of 2010. Ed. M Munrow. Kingston & Liverpool: University of the West Indies Press and Liverpool University Press, 2010. (Essay)
Dubois, L. "The French Atlantic." Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal. Ed. JP Green and PD Morgan. Oxford University Press, 2009. 137-162. (Essay)
Dubois, L. "1673: The Jesuit Relations." A New Literary History of America. Ed. G Marcus and W Sollors. The Belkap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009. 50-54. (Essay)
Dubois, L. "The Haitian Revolution and the Sale of Louisiana; or, Thomas Jefferson’s (Unpaid) Debt to Jean-Jacques Dessalines." Empires of the Imagination: Transatlantic Histories of the Louisiana Purchase. Ed. PJ Kastor and F Weil. University of Virginia Press, 2009. 93-116. (Essay)
Dubois, L. "Avenging America: The Politics of Violence in the Haitian Revolution." The World of the Haitian Revolution: Viewed 200 Years After. Ed. D Geggus and N Fiering. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009. 111-124. (Essay)
Dubois, L. "The Banjo in the Caribbean." The Banjo: Roots and Branches. Ed. R Winans. University of Illinois Press, 2009. (Essay)
Dubois, L. "Haunting Delgrès." Contested Histories in Public Space: Race, Nation and Memory in Public Space. Ed. DJ Walkowitz and LM Knauer. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009. (Essay)
Dubois, L. "Haiti’s Traces." Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 39 (2012). (Academic Article)
Dubois, L. "Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War: The Promise and Peril of a Second Haitian Revolution." JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC 31.4 (2011): 712-714.
Dubois, L. "Thinking with Haiti." Social Text: Periscope (January 26, 2010).
Dubois, L. "Hauting Delgrès." Ed. DJ Walkowitz and LM Knauer. (2009): 311-328.
Dubois, LM. "Reading the Black Jacobins, Seven Decades Later." NACLA Report on the Americas 42.2 (2009): 38-43.
Dubois, L. "Football in Latin America: A Field and its Challenges." Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 3 (November 2008): 486-494. (Review)
Dubois, L. ""Declarations" and "Declarations and States" in Critical Forum on Armitage, Declarations of Independence." William and Mary Quarterly LXV (April 2008): 352-367. (Review)
Dubois, L. "Declarations (David Armitage)." WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY 65.2 (April 2008): 352-353.
Dubois, L. "Filming the Lwa in Haiti: Film Review." Caribbean Studies 36 (2008): 215-219. (Review)
Wolff, A. "French World Cup Hero Thuram Working to Battle Racism in Soccer and Society." Sports Illustrated (June 2012).
Jenson, D, and Dubois, L. "Haiti Can Be Rich Again." New York Times (January 8, 2012). (Scholarly Commentary)
Dubois, L. "Roundtable on Haitian Music." New Yorker.com (Sasha Frere-Jones’ Blog) (2009).
Dubois, L. "Egalite for All: Human Rights and the Haitian Revolution." (2008).
Bell, MS. "The Haitian Revolution at the Crossroads: A Discussion Between Madison Smartt Bell and Laurent Dubois." Common-Place.org 7 (July 2007). (Interview)
Giraud, M, Padis, M-O, and Weil, P. "Une histoire à transmettre." Esprit (February 2007): 117-123. (Scholarly Commentary)
Dubois, L. "Haiti’s Bitter History of Hope." Los Angeles Times (February 2006).
Dubois, L. "Haiti." Ed. J Merriman and J Winter. Encyclopedia of Modern Europe: Europe, 1789-1914 (2006).
Dubois, L. "Caribbean." Ed. J Merriman and J Winter. Encyclopedia of Modern Europe: Europe, 1789-1914 (2006).
Dubois, L. "Haitian Revolution." Ed. P Finkelman. Encyclopedia of the New American Nation (2005).