Laurent Dubois

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, Ann Arbor 1998

  • B.A., Princeton University 1992

Dubois, Laurent, and Julius S. Scott. Origins of the Black Atlantic. Routledge, 2009.

Dubois, L., and J. Garrigus. Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804: A History in Documents. Bedford Press, 2006.

Dubois, L., and J. Garrigus, editors. Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804: A History in Documents. Bedford Press, 2006.

Dubois, L. Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004.

Dubois, L., and R. Turits. A History of the Caribbean (Under Contract). University of North Carolina Press.

Dubois, L., et al., editors. The Haiti Reader (Under Contract). Duke University Press.


Casimir, Jean, and L. M. Dubois. “Reckoning in Haiti.” Haiti Rising: Haitian History, Culture, and the Earthquake of 2010, edited by Martin Munro, University of West Indies Press, 2010.

Dubois, L. “Gendered Freedom: Citoyennes and War in the Revolutionary French Caribbean.” Gender, War, and Politics Translatlantic Perspectives, 1775-1830, edited by K. Hagemann et al., Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 59–70.

Dubois, L. “The Revolutionary Abolitionists of Haiti.” War, Empire, and Slavery, 1770-1830, edited by R. Bessel et al., Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 44–60.

Dubois, L. “L’identité du Onze tricolore: un heritage colonial?L’Empire Des Sports, edited by P. Singaravélou and J. Sorez, Belin, 2010, pp. 183–200.

Dubois, L. “Reckoning in Haiti.” Haiti Rising: Haitian History, Culture and the Earthquake of 2010, edited by M. Munrow, University of the West Indies Press and Liverpool University Press, 2010.

Dubois, L. “The French Atlantic.” Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal, edited by Jack P. Green and Philip D. Morgan, Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 137–62.

Dubois, L. “1673: The Jesuit Relations.” A New Literary History of America, edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors, The Belkap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009, pp. 50–54.

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, edited by Peter J. Kastor and Francois Weil, University of Virginia Press, 2009, pp. 93–116.

Dubois, L. “Avenging America: The Politics of Violence in the Haitian Revolution.” The World of the Haitian Revolution: Viewed 200 Years After, edited by D. Geggus and N. Fiering, Indiana University Press, 2009, pp. 111–24.

Dubois, L. “The Banjo in the Caribbean.” The Banjo: Roots and Branches, edited by Robert Winans, University of Illinois Press, 2009.


Dubois, Laurent. “Haiti’s Traces.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, vol. 39, 2012.

Dubois, Laurent. “Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War: The Promise and Peril of a Second Haitian Revolution (review).” Journal of the Early Republic, vol. 31, no. 4, Project Muse, 2011, pp. 712–14. Crossref, doi:10.1353/jer.2011.0058. Full Text

Dubois, L. “Thinking with Haiti.” Social Text: Periscope, Jan. 2010.

Dubois, L. “An atlantic revolution.” French Historical Studies, vol. 32, no. 4, Sept. 2009, pp. 655–61. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00161071-2009-013. Full Text

Dubois, L. Hauting Delgrès. Edited by Daniel J. Walkowitz and Lisa Maya Knauer, Duke University Press, 2009, pp. 311–28.

Dubois, L. M. “Reading the Black Jacobins, Seven Decades Later.” Nacla Report on the Americas, vol. 42, no. 2, 2009, pp. 38–43.

Dubois, L. “Football in Latin America: A Field and its Challenges.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, vol. 3, Nov. 2008, pp. 486–94.

Dubois, Laurent, and David Armitage. “Declarations.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 65, no. 2, Test accounts, Apr. 2008, pp. 352–352. Crossref, doi:10.2307/25096790. Full Text

Dubois, L. “"Declarations" and "Declarations and States" in Critical Forum on Armitage, Declarations of Independence.” William and Mary Quarterly, vol. LXV, Apr. 2008, pp. 352–67.

Dubois, L. “Filming the Lwa in Haiti: Film Review.” Caribbean Studies, vol. 36, 2008, pp. 215–19.


Wolff, Alexander. “French World Cup Hero Thuram Working to Battle Racism in Soccer and Society.” Sports Illustrated, June 2012.

Jenson, D., and L. Dubois. “Haiti Can Be Rich Again.” New York Times, 8 Jan. 2012.

Kirschenfeld, A. “Soccer Scholarship.” Duke Magazine, vol. 96, no. 3, 2010, pp. 24–25.

Dubois, L. “Roundtable on Haitian Music.” New Yorker.Com (Sasha Frere Jones’ Blog), 2009.

Bell, Madison Smartt. “The Haitian Revolution at the Crossroads: A Discussion Between Madison Smartt Bell and Laurent Dubois.” Common Place.Org, vol. 7, July 2007.

Giraud, M., et al. “Une histoire à transmettre.” Esprit, Feb. 2007, pp. 117–23.

Dubois, L. “Haiti’s Bitter History of Hope.” Los Angeles Times, Feb. 2006.

Dubois, L. “Haiti.” Encyclopedia of Modern Europe: Europe, 1789 1914, edited by J. Merriman and J. Winter, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006.

Dubois, L. “Caribbean.” Encyclopedia of Modern Europe: Europe, 1789 1914, edited by J. Merriman and J. Winter, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006.