Guy-Uriel Charles

Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research.

He is a Professor of Law at Duke and the founding director of the Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics. He teaches and writes on issues related to constitutional law, election law, campaign finance, redistricting, politics, and race. He joined Duke Law’s faculty in 2009. He has a book on the role of the Supreme Court in defining the rules of American politics.

Laurent M. Dubois

Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University

He is a specialist on the history and culture of the Atlantic world, with a focus on the Caribbean and particularly Haiti. He is the faculty director of the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University, and writes for magazines including the New Republic, Sports Illustrated, and the New Yorker. His current research and writing focuses on the Afro-Atlantic history of the banjo. He is completing a book (under contract with Harvard University Press) on the topic. He has received a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, a National Humanities Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship to support this work. His most recent book Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2012) tells the history of the country from it’s founding revolution to the present day. In 2010 he published Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France, and continues to write about soccer at his blog Soccer Politics. He has also recently co-edited, with Julius Scott, a reader entitled Origins of the Black Atlantic and, with Thomas Bender and Richard Rabinowitz, the catalogue for the exhibit Revolution!: The Atlantic World Reborn, for which he was co-chair of the scholar’s committee. He is also co-editing the “Haiti Reader” for Duke University Press. He advises graduate students in both History and Romance Studies, working on a range of topics in Caribbean and French colonial and post-colonial studies.

Deborah Jenson

Professor of Romance Studies and Global Health at Duke University

Her most recent books are a literary history of the Haitian Revolution, “Beyond the Slave Narrative” (Liverpool UP 2011, paperback 2012, ebook 2013) and a volume on the global legacies of psychoanalysis: “Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties” (with Warwick Anderson and Richard Keller, Duke UP 2011). An anthology of the poetry of Haitian Independence, co-edited with Doris Kadish and translated by Norman Shapiro, is in production at Yale UP. She is co-authoring a book (under contract) with Brandon Kohrt, Bonnie Kaiser, and Hunter Keys on trauma and global mental health in Haiti. With Michaeline Crichlow and Pat Northover, she co-edited the “States of Freedom, Freedom of States” special issue of The Global South. Earlier work includes “Trauma and Its Representations” (Johns Hopkins UP 2001), “Sarah (A Colonial Novella” (with Kadish, MLA 2008) and “The Haiti Issue” of Yale French Studies (2005). She is finalizing a monograph, “Mimesis: from Marx to Mirror Neurons,” and another book, “From ‘Flaubert’s Brain’ to Firmin’s ‘Area’: Global Approaches to Modern Literary Cognition.” She co-directs the “Brain & Society” theme of Bass Connections, and co-directs the Duke Neurohumanities in Paris global education program. Secondary Appointment: Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) Faculty Affiliate: Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS)

Jacques Pierre

Visiting Lecturer in Creole at Duke University

He was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. He studied Haitian Creole and French Applied Linguistics at the State University of Haiti. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer in French, Haitian Creole and Culture in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University and Core Affiliated Faculty in the Haiti Lab. Before joining Duke University, he was a Visiting Lecturer in Haitian Creole and Culture at Florida International University. In addition, he has been coordinating the Haitian Summer Institute at Florida International University for four years. He was trained as a lexicographer at Indiana University and worked for six years as an Assitant Editor on the Haitian Creole-English Bilingual Dictionary (2007) published by the Creole Institute at Indiana University. He has an M.A. in Translation Studies with a concentration in French and Haitian Creole and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, both degrees from Kent State University. His research interests are: “The basilectal vs the acrolectal forms of Haitian Creole in Haitian Movies,” “The coexistence of French and Haitian Creole in Haitian movies,” and “Literary Translation in the context of a Less Translated Language.”

Kathy Walmer

Kathy Walmer is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute and Core Affiliated Faculty at the Haiti Lab. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, she holds a Masters in Nursing and is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Kathy is the Executive Director of Family Health Ministries (FHM) which has nearly 20 years experience in Haiti. FHM works with international communities in their efforts to build and sustain healthy families with a primary emphasis on women and children’s health and education.

Also thanks to Gaspard Louis and Reginald Patterson who both aided in the early stages of the Kreyòl program at Duke and Lauren Wagner who shares her talents, writes articles, and gives talks in the area. Also, thanks to Lydia Bradford for her work on this blog with redesign and updates.