Laurent Dubois

Professor of Romance Studies

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


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. 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, 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)


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. "Thinking with Haiti." Social Text: Periscope (January 26, 2010).

Dubois, L. "Hauting Delgrès." Ed. DJ Walkowitz and LM Knauer. (2009): 311-328.

Dubois, L. "An Atlantic Revolution." FRENCH HISTORICAL STUDIES 32.4 (2009): 655-661. Full Text

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)


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 (Sasha Frere-Jones’ Blog) (2009).

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).