Laurent Dubois

Professor of Romance Studies and History (Duke University) – BOARD


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


Humanities Writ Large awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2017

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

Pubblications (books)

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

Miller, JC, Brown, V, Cañizares-Esguerra, J, Dubois, L, and Kupperman, KO. The Princeton companion to Atlantic history. January 18, 2015.

Gaffield, J, and Acacia, M. Documents constitutionnels d’Haïti 1790-1860 / Constitutional Documents of Haiti, 1790-1860. Edited by L Dubois. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2013. (Edited Book)

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

Bender, T, Rabinowitz, R, and Dubois, L. Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. New York: Giles Ltd, 2011. (Edited Book)

Dubois, L. Soccer empire: The World cup and the future of France. June 1, 2010.

Dubois, L, and Scott, JS. Origins of the Black Atlantic. Routledge, 2009.

Dubois, L, and Garrigus, J. Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804: A History in Documents. New York: Bedford Press, 2006. (Edited Book)

Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804: A History in Documents. Edited by L Dubois and J Garrigus. New Yorkj: Bedford Press, 2006. (Edited Book)

Dubois, L. Les Vengeurs du Nouveau Monde: Histoire de la Révolution haïtienne. Rennes: Les Perséides, 2005.

Dubois, L. Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004.

Dubois, L. A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804. Published for the Omohundro Institute by the University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Dubois, L. Les esclaves de la République: l'histoire oubliée de la première émancipation, 1789-1794. Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1998.

Dubois, L, and Turits, R. A History of the Caribbean (Under Contract). University of North Carolina Press.

The Haiti Reader (Under Contract). Edited by L Dubois, K Glover, N Menard, M Polyné, and C Verma. Duke University Press. (Edited Book)

Critique de la Raison Nègre (Critique of Black Reason) by Achille Mbembe (translation under contract). Translated by L Dubois. Duke University Press.

Mes Etoiles Noires (My Black Stars) by Lilian Thuram (translation completed, under consideration). Translated by L Dubois.