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

Selected Grants

Humanities Writ Large awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2018

National Humanities Center Fellows Program awarded by National Humanities Center (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

World Cup and World Politics awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2010

Dubois, Laurent, et al. The Haiti Reader History, Culture, Politics (Accepted). Latin America Readers, 2020.

Dubois, Laurent, and Richard Lee Turits. Freedom Roots Histories from the Caribbean. UNC Press Books, 2019.

Dubois, L. The Banjo: America's African Instrument. Harvard University Press, 2016.

Miller, J. C., et al. The Princeton companion to Atlantic history. 2015, pp. 1–532.

Gaffield, Julia, and Michel Acacia. Documents constitutionnels d’Haïti 1790-1860 / Constitutional Documents of Haiti, 1790-1860. Edited by Laurent Dubois, Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2013.

Dubois, L. Haiti: The Aftershocks of History. Metropolitan Books, 2012.

Bender, T., et al. Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. Giles Ltd, 2011.


Dubois, L. “Complications.” William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 68, no. 2, 1 Apr. 2011, pp. 224–26. Scopus, doi:10.5309/willmaryquar.68.2.0224. Full Text

Dubois, L. “Review of L’aristocracie de l’epiderme and Frederic Regent, La France et ses esclaves by Florence Gauthier.” Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales, vol. 63, May 2008, pp. 683–85.

Dubois, L. “On the History of the Jamaican Maroons, Review of True-Born Maroons by Kenneth Bilby.” Journal of African American History, vol. 93, 2008, pp. 64–69.

Dubois, L. “A Free Man, Review of Toussaint Louverture by Madison Smartt Bell.” The Nation, 16 Apr. 2007.

Dubois, L. “Review of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World by David Brion Davis.” American Historical Review, vol. 112, no. 1, Oxford University Press, Feb. 2007, pp. 165–165.

Dubois, L. “Review of Mastery, Tyranny and Desire by Trevor Burnard.” Slavery and Abolition, vol. 26, Dec. 2005, pp. 411–15.

Dubois, L. “Review of A Pro-Slavery Foreign Policy by Tim Matthewson.” American Historical Review, vol. 110, Oct. 2005, pp. 1167–68.

Dubois, L. “Review of A Pro-Slavery Foreign Policy by Tim Matthewson.” American Historical Review, vol. 110, no. 4, Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 1167–68.


Dubois, L. “Haitian sovereignty: A brief history.” Who Owns Haiti?: People, Power, and Sovereignty, 2017, pp. 16–28.

Dubois, L. “The nineteenth century: Consolidation and reconfiguration.” The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History, 2015, pp. 46–54.

Dubois, L. “Revolts, slave.” The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History, 2015, pp. 404–07.

Dubois, L. “Emancipations.” The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History, 2015, pp. 179–82.

Dubois, L. “Haitian Independence in Haitian Vodou.” The Haitian Declaration of Independence, edited by J. Garfield, University of Virginia Press, 2015.

Dubois, L. “Power and Martyrdom.” From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography (Exhibit Catalogue), NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 2015, pp. 22–27.

Dubois, L. “In the theater of the World Cup.” Africa’s World Cup: Critical Reflections on Play, Patriotism, Spectatorship, and Space, vol. 9780472029112, 2013, pp. 210–18.

Dubois, L. “Slavery in the French Caribbean, 1635–1804.” The Cambridge World History of Slavery, Volume 3: AD 1420-AD 1804, 2011, pp. 431–49. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CHOL9780521840682.019. Full Text

Dubois, L. M., and J. Scott. “An African Revolutionary in the Atlantic World.” Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn, edited by T. Bender et al., Giles Ltd., 2011.

Dubois, L. “Slavery in the age of revolution.” The Routledge History of Slavery, 2010, pp. 267–80. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203840573-24. Full Text


Dubois, Laurent. “Spirit Possession in French, Haitian, and Vodou Thought: An Intellectual History.” French Studies, vol. 70, no. 1, Oxford University Press (OUP), Jan. 2016, pp. 144–45. Crossref, doi:10.1093/fs/knv254. Full Text

Dubois, L. “Thinking Haiti’s Nineteenth Century.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, vol. 44, Duke University Press, July 2014, pp. 72–79.

Dubois, Laurent, and Achille Mbembe. “Nous sommes tous francophones.” French Politics, Culture & Society, vol. 32, no. 2, Berghahn Books, June 2014, pp. 40–48. Crossref, doi:10.3167/fpcs.2014.320206. Full Text

Dubois, Laurent. “Racism and the specter of "dual nationality" in French football.” Contemporary French Civilization, vol. 39, no. 1, Liverpool University Press, Jan. 2014, pp. 111–32. Crossref, doi:10.3828/cfc.2014.7. Full Text

Dubois, Laurent. “"On the Sounds of Haiti": Excerpt from Lyonel Trouillot, La belle amour humaine (2011).” Transition, vol. 111, May 2013, pp. 8–13.

Dubois, Laurent. “Haiti’s Traces.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, vol. 39, Nov. 2012, pp. 177–87.

Dubois, Laurent Marc. “Eloge Pour Michel-Rolph Trouillot.” Transition, vol. 109, Oct. 2012, pp. 21–32.

Dubois, L. “Dessalines toro d'haïti.” William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 69, no. 3, July 2012, pp. 541–48. Scopus, doi:10.5309/willmaryquar.69.3.0541. Full Text

Dubois, L. M. “Dessalines Toro d'Haiti.” William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 69, no. 3, July 2012, pp. 541–48.


Dubois, E. B. L., and K. Glover. “New Narratives of Haiti.” Transition, vol. 111, May 2013, pp. 1–116.

Dubois, L., and M. C. Bousquette. As playoffs near, can NWSL take steps forward with World Cup momentum? 9 Sept. 2015.

Dubois, L. Five Essays. June 2015.

Dubois, L. Haiti on the Small Screen. 15 May 2014.

Dubois, L. Afro-Europe in the World Cup. 7 Jan. 2014.

Dubois, L. Nine Articles. 2014.

Dubois, L. Drogbacité. 22 May 2012.

Dubois, L. Haiti: The Aftershocks of History. 6 Apr. 2012.

Dubois, L., and J. Casimir. Reckoning in Haiti. Jan. 2010.


. L. “Haiti and Francophone Caribbean.” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro Latin American Biography, edited by L. Dubois, 2016.

Dubois, L. “How Will Haiti Reckon with the Duvalier Years?New Yorker (New York, N.Y. : 1925), 6 Oct. 2014.

Dubois, L. “Saphir Taïder Leads Bleus Who Went Green.” New Republic, New Republic, 10 June 2014.

Dubois, L. “Haïti: Une révolution au coeur de l’Atlantique noir.” Les Grands Dossiers Des Sciences Humaines, vol. 24, no. Sept-Oct, 2014, pp. 60–63.

Dubois, Laurent. “Michel-Rolph Trouillot (1949-2012).” Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 93, no. 4, Duke University Press, 1 Nov. 2013, pp. 685–90. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00182168-2351696. Full Text

Dubois, L. “Confronting the Legacies of Slavery.” New York Times, Oct. 2013.

Dubois, Laurent. “Brazil 2014 Starts Now.” Sports Illustrated/ Roads & Kingdoms, Sept. 2013.

Dubois, Laurent. “Jogo Bonito.” Africa Is a Country, June 2013.

Dubois, Laurent. “The Blood of the Impure.” Africa Is a Country, Mar. 2013.

Dubois, L. “The Hijab on the Pitch.” The Feminist Wire, Aug. 2012.