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, L. “Inscribing Race in the Revolutionary French Antilles.” The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France, edited by S. Peabody and T. Stovall, Duke University Press, 2003, pp. 95–107.

Dubois, L. “The Citizen's Trance: The Haitian Revolution and the Motor of History.” Magic and Modernity, edited by P. Pels and B. Meyer, Stanford University Press, 2003, pp. 103–28.

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, translated by M. T. Ortega, Centro Juan Marinello, 2003.

Dubois, L. “Troubled Water: Rebellion and Republicanism in the French Caribbean, 1798-1802.” Thomas Jefferson and the Revolution of 1800, edited by J. Horn et al., University of Virginia Press, 2002, pp. 291–308.

Dubois, L. “African Citizens: Slavery, Freedom and Migration during the French Revolution.” Migration Controls in 19th Century Europe, edited by A. Fahrmeir and P. Weil, Berghahn Books, 2002, pp. 25–38.

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, edited by D. Geggus, University of South Carolina Press, 2001, pp. 112–34.

Dubois, L. “"Man’s Darkest Hours": Maleness, Travel and Anthropology.” Women Writing Culture, edited by R. Behar and D. Gordon, University of California Press, 1995.

Dubois, L. “Haitian Sovereignty: A Brief History (forthcoming).” Who “Owns” Haiti: Infractions and Assertions of Sovereignty, edited by S. Freeman and R. McGuire, University of Florida Press.

Dubois, L. “Haiti, Gender and Anthrohistory: A Mintzian Journey (forthcoming).” The Haiti Exception: Anthropology and the Predicaments of Narrative, edited by A. Benedicty et al., Liverpool University Press.

Dubois, L. “Frederick Douglass, Anténor Firmin, and the Making of U.S.-Haitian Relations (forhcoming).” The Haitian Revolution and the Early U.S, edited by E. Dillon and M. Drexler, Pennsylvania State University Press.


Dubois, L. “Luzes Escravizadas: Repensando a história intelectual do Atlântico francês.” Estudios Afro Asiáticos, vol. 26, no. 2, 2004, pp. 331–54.

Dubois, Laurent Marc. “La restauration de l’esclavage à la Guadeloupe, 1802-1802.” Cahiers Du Brésil Contemporain, vol. 53–54, 2004, pp. 149–62.

Dubois, L. “Our Three Colors: The king, the republic and the political culture of slave revolution in Saint-Domingue.” Historical Reflections, vol. 29, no. 1, Dec. 2003, pp. 83–101.

Dubois, Laurent Marc. “Is the French Caribbean Postcolonial?Francophone Postcolonial Studies, vol. 1, no. 2, Oct. 2003, pp. 46–50.

Dubois, L. “'Citoyens et Amis!’ Esclavage, citoyenneté et République dans les Antilles françaises à l’époque révolutionnaire.” Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales, translated by A. Berra, vol. 58, no. 2, Apr. 2003, pp. 281–304.

Dubois, L. “Vodou and history.Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 43, no. 1, Jan. 2001, pp. 92–100. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s0010417501003590. Full Text

Dubois, L. M. “Republican Racism and Anti-Racism: A Caribbean Genealogy.” French Politics, Culture and Society, vol. 18, no. 3, Oct. 2000, pp. 5–17.

Dubois, L. “La république métissée: Citizenship, colonialism, and the borders of French history.” Cultural Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, Jan. 2000, pp. 15–34. Scopus, doi:10.1080/095023800334968. Full Text

Dubois, L. “La République Métissée: Citizenship, Colonialism, and the Borders of French History.” Cultural Studies, vol. 14, 2000, pp. 15–34.