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. "Carving History." Journal of Post-Colonial and Imperial Studies 1.1 (2000): 25-36.

Dubois, LM. "Haunting Delgrès." Radical History Review 78 (2000): 166-177.

Dubois, LM. "Republic At Sea: On the Margins of the New Europe." Transition 79 (June 1999): 64-79.

Dubois, LM. "‘The Price of Liberty’: Victor Hugues and the Administration of Freedom in Guadeloupe, 1794-1802." William and Mary Quarterly Quarterly 3rd series, LVI.2 (April 1999): 363-392.

Dubois, LM. "L’Accueil des Réfugiés Haïtiens aux Etats-Unis." Hommes et Migration 1213 (1999): 47-59. (Academic Article)

Dubois, LM. "A Spoonful of Blood: Blaming Haitians for AIDS." Science as Culture 6.26 (December 1997): 7-43. (Academic Article)

Dubois, L. "The Citizen-Patient in Revolutionary and Imperial Paris." Comparative Studies in Society and History 38.2 (January 1, 1996): 402-404. (Review) Full Text

Dubois, LM. "Blood Stigma: Blaming Haitians for AIDS." Proteus 9.2 (October 1992): 20-24. (Academic Article)