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. “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. ““Unworthy of liberty?” Slavery, terror, and revolution in Haiti.” Enemies of Humanity: The Nineteenth-Century War on Terrorism, 2008, pp. 45–62. Scopus, doi:10.1057/9780230612549. Full Text

Dubois, L. “The French Atlantic.” The Atlantic World: A Critical Appraisal, edited by J. Greene and P. Morgan, Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 137–62.

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, 2006, pp. 291–300.

Dubois, L. “Citizen soldiers: Emancipation and military service in the revolutionary French Caribbean.” Arming Slaves: From Classical Times To The Modern Age, 2006, pp. 233–54.

Dubois, L. “History's Quarrel: The Future of the Past in the French Caribbean.” Beyond Fragmentation: Perspectives on Caribbean History, edited by J. de Barros et al., Markus Weiner Publishers, 2006, pp. 213–30.

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

Dubois, L. “Republican anti-racism and racism: A caribbean genealogy.” Race in France: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Difference, 2004, pp. 23–35.

Dubois, L. “In Search of the Haitian Revolution.” Francophone Studies: Postcolonial Issues and the Study of the French-Speaking World, edited by C. Forsdick and D. Murphy, Arnold Publishers, 2003, pp. 27–34.


Dubois, L. M., and B. Camier. “Voltaire, Zaïre, Dessalines: Le Théâtre des Lumières dans L’Atlantique français.” Revue D’Histoire Moderne Et Contemporaine, vol. 54, no. 4, Dec. 2007, pp. 39–69.

Dubois, Laurent Marc. “Capturing Louverture.” Small Axe, vol. 23, June 2007, pp. 177–85.

Dubois, Laurent Marc. “The Haitian Revolution and the Sale of Louisiana.” The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of Arts in the South, vol. 44, no. 3, Mar. 2007, pp. 18–41.

Dubois, L. M. “Histoires d’esclavage en France et aux Etats-Unis.” Esprit, Feb. 2007, pp. 71–80.

Dubois, L. M., and E. Josué. “Le Vodou, Miroir de l’histoire: Dialogue.” Tabou: Revue Du Musée D’Ethnologie De Genève, vol. 5, 2007, pp. 325–40.

Dubois, Laurent Marc. “'Vivre Libre ou Mourir!' Haiti and Guadeloupe in the Revolutionary Era.” Jamaican Historical Review, vol. XXIII, 2007, pp. 1–15.

Camier, Bernard, and Laurent Dubois. “Voltaire et Zaïre, ou le théâtre des Lumières dans l'aire atlantique française.” Revue D’Histoire Moderne Et Contemporaine, vol. 54–4, no. 4, CAIRN, 2007, pp. 39–39. Crossref, doi:10.3917/rhmc.544.0039. Full Text

Dubois, L. M. “Solitude’s Statue: Confronting the Past in the French Caribbean.” Outre Mers, vol. 350–351, June 2006, pp. 27–38.

Dubois, L. “An enslaved Enlightenment: Rethinking the intellectual history of the French Atlantic.” Social History, vol. 31, no. 1, Feb. 2006, pp. 1–14. Scopus, doi:10.1080/03071020500424342. Full Text

Dubois, L. “La revanche de l’Amérique : La politique de violence dans la révolution haïtienne.” Revue  De La Société Haïtienne D’Histoire Et De Géographie, translated by J. Casimir, 2005.


Dubois, L. “Haitian Revolution.” Encyclopedia of the New American Nation, edited by P. Finkelman, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005.

Dubois, L. “The Road to 1848: Interpreting French Anti-Slavery.” Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post Slave Studies, vol. 22, no. 3, Taylor & Francis, Dec. 2001, pp. 150–57.

Dubois, L. “Vodou and History.” Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 43, no. 1, Cambridge University Press, Jan. 2001, pp. 92–100.

Dubois, L. “Moreau de St. Mery.” Encyclopedia of World Slavery, edited by J. Rodriquez, Clio Press, 1997.

Dubois, L. “Jean-Baptiste Chavannes.” Encyclopedia of World Slavery, edited by J. Rodriquez, Clio Press, 1997.

Dubois, L. “Charles Leclerc.” Encyclopedia of World Slavery, edited by J. Rodriquez, Clio Press, 1997.

Dubois, L. “Montesquieu.” Encyclopedia of World Slavery, edited by J. Rodriquez, Clio Press, 1997.

Dubois, L. “Royal Rebellion in the Caribbean Slave Quarters.” The Drawbridge, vol. 6, pp. 9–9.