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. "Inscribing Race in the Revolutionary French Antilles." The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France. Ed. S Peabody and T Stovall. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003. 95-107. (Essay)

Dubois, L. "The Citizen's Trance: The Haitian Revolution and the Motor of History." Magic and Modernity. Ed. P Pels and B Meyer. Stanford University Press, 2003. 103-128. (Essay)

Dubois, L. "Monumentos a Solitude: El enfrentamiento al pasado en el Caribe francófono." Historia y memoria: sociedad, cultura y vida cotidiana en Cuba, 1878-1917. Trans. MT Ortega. Havana: Centro Juan Marinello, 2003. (Essay)

Dubois, L. "Troubled Water: Rebellion and Republicanism in the French Caribbean, 1798-1802." Thomas Jefferson and the Revolution of 1800. Ed. J Horn, J Lewis, and P Onuf. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2002. 291-308. (Essay)

Dubois, L. "African Citizens: Slavery, Freedom and Migration during the French Revolution." Migration Controls in 19th Century Europe. Ed. A Fahrmeir and P Weil. London: Berghahn Books, 2002. 25-38. (Essay)

Dubois, L. "The Promise of Revolution: St. Domingue and the Struggle for Autonomy in Guadeloupe, 1798-1802." The Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World. Ed. D Geggus. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2001. 112-134. (Essay)

Dubois, L. ""Man’s Darkest Hours": Maleness, Travel and Anthropology." Women Writing Culture. Ed. R Behar and D Gordon. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995. (Essay)

Dubois, L. "Frederick Douglass, Anténor Firmin, and the Making of U.S.-Haitian Relations (forhcoming) (In preparation)." The Haitian Revolution and the Early U.S. Ed. E Dillon and M Drexler. Pennsylvania State University Press. (Essay)

Dubois, L. "Haitian Sovereignty: A Brief History (forthcoming) (In preparation)." Who “Owns” Haiti: Infractions and Assertions of Sovereignty. Ed. S Freeman and R McGuire. Gainesville: University of Florida Press. (Essay)

Dubois, L. "Haiti, Gender and Anthrohistory: A Mintzian Journey (forthcoming)." The Haiti Exception: Anthropology and the Predicaments of Narrative. Ed. A Benedicty, K Glover, and M Schuller. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. (Essay)


Dubois, L. "Luzes Escravizadas: Repensando a história intelectual do Atlântico francês." Estudios Afro-Asiáticos 26.2 (2004): 331-354.

Dubois, LM. "La restauration de l’esclavage à la Guadeloupe, 1802-1802." Cahiers du Brésil Contemporain 53-54 (2004): 149-162. (Academic Article)

Dubois, LM. "Is the French Caribbean Postcolonial?." Francophone Postcolonial Studies 1.2 (October 2003): 46-50. (Academic Article)

Dubois, L. "'Citoyens et Amis!’ Esclavage, citoyenneté et République dans les Antilles françaises à l’époque révolutionnaire." Trans. A Berra. Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales 58.2 (April 2003): 281-304.

Dubois, LM. "Our Three Colors: The King, the Republic and the Political Culture of Slave Revolution in Saint-Domingue." Historical Reflections 29.1 (March 2003): 83-102. (Academic Article)

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

Dubois, LM. "La République Métissée: Citizenship, Colonialism, and the Borders of French History." Cultural Studies 14.1 (December 2000): 15-34. (Academic Article)

Dubois, LM. "Republican Racism and Anti-Racism: A Caribbean Genealogy." French Politics, Culture and Society 18.3 (October 2000): 5-17.