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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dubois, LM, and Camier, B. "Voltaire, Zaïre, Dessalines: Le Théâtre des Lumières dans L’Atlantique français." Revue d'histoire moderne et contemporaine 54.4 (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 44.3 (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 54.4 (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, L. "La revanche de l’Amérique : La politique de violence dans la révolution haïtienne." Trans. J Casimir. Revue de la Société haïtienne d’histoire et de géographie (2005).


Dubois, L. "The Road to 1848: Interpreting French Anti-Slavery." Slavery and Abolition: a journal of slave and post-slave studies 22.3 (December 2001): 150-157. (Scholarly Commentary)

Dubois, L. "Vodou and History." Comparative studies in society and history 43.1 (January 2001): 92-100. (Scholarly Commentary)

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

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

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

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

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