Laurent Dubois

Laurent Dubois

Professor of Romance Studies

External address: 213 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (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.


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan at 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, 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. Ed. 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, 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. Ed. L Dubois and J Garrigus. New Yorkj: Bedford Press, 2006. (Edited Book)


Laurent Dubois, . "Complications." The William and Mary Quarterly 68.2 (2011): 224-224. Full Text

Dubois, L. "On the History of the Jamaican Maroons, Review of True-Born Maroons by Kenneth Bilby." Journal of African-American History 93 (2008): 64-69.

Dubois, L. "Review of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World by David Brion Davis." American Historical Review 112.1 (February 2007): 165-165.

Dubois, L. "Review of Mastery, Tyranny and Desire by Trevor Burnard." Slavery and Abolition 26 (December 2005): 411-415.

Dubois, L. "Review of A Pro-Slavery Foreign Policy by Tim Matthewson." American Historical Review 110 (October 2005): 1167-1168.

Dubois, L. "Review of A Pro-Slavery Foreign Policy by Tim Matthewson." American Historical Review 110.4 (2005): 1167-1168.


Dubois, L. "Haitian sovereignty: A brief history." Who Owns Haiti?: People, Power, and Sovereignty. January 1, 2017. 16-28.

Dubois, L. "Revolts, slave." The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History. January 18, 2015. 404-407.

Dubois, L. "Emancipations." The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History. January 18, 2015. 179-182.

Dubois, L. "The nineteenth century: Consolidation and reconfiguration." The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History. January 18, 2015. 46-54.

Dubois, L. "Haitian Independence in Haitian Vodou." The Haitian Declaration of Independence. Ed. J Garfield. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015. (Essay)

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

Dubois, L. "In the theater of the World Cup." Africa's World Cup: Critical Reflections on Play, Patriotism, Spectatorship, and Space. January 1, 2013. 210-218.

Dubois, L. "Slavery in the French Caribbean, 1635–1804." The Cambridge World History of Slavery, Volume 3: AD 1420-AD 1804. January 1, 2011. 431-449. Full Text

Dubois, LM, and Scott, J. "An African Revolutionary in the Atlantic World." Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. Ed. T Bender, L Dubois, and R Rabinowitz. New York: Giles Ltd., 2011. (Chapter)

Dubois, L. "L’identité du Onze tricolore: un heritage colonial?." L’Empire des sports. Ed. P Singaravélou and J Sorez. Paris: Belin, 2010. 183-200. (Essay)


Dubois, L. "Thinking Haiti’s Nineteenth Century." Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 44 (July 2014): 72-79.

Dubois, L, and Mbembe, A. "Nous sommes tous francophones." French Politics, Culture & Society 32.2 (June 1, 2014): 40-48. Full Text

Dubois, L. "Racism and the specter of "dual nationality" in French football." Contemporary French Civilization 39.1 (January 2014): 111-132. Full Text

Dubois, L. ""On the Sounds of Haiti": Excerpt from Lyonel Trouillot, La belle amour humaine (2011)." Transition 111 (May 2013): 8-13. (Academic Article)

Dubois, L. "Haiti’s Traces." Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 39 (November 2012): 177-187.

Dubois, LM. "Eloge Pour Michel-Rolph Trouillot." Transition 109 (October 2012): 21-32. (Academic Article)

Dubois, LM. "Dessalines Toro d'Haiti." William and Mary Quarterly 69.3 (July 2012): 541-548.

Laurent Dubois, . "Dessalines Toro d’Haïti." The William and Mary Quarterly 69.3 (2012): 541-541. Full Text


Dubois, EBL, and Glover, K. "New Narratives of Haiti." Transition 111 (May 2013): 1-116. (Special Issue)

Dubois, L, and Bousquette, MC. "As playoffs near, can NWSL take steps forward with World Cup momentum?." (September 9, 2015).

Dubois, L. "Five Essays." (June 2015).

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

Dubois, L. "Afro-Europe in the World Cup." (January 7, 2014).

Dubois, L. "Nine Articles." (2014).

Dubois, L. "Drogbacité." (May 22, 2012).

Dubois, L. "Haiti: The Aftershocks of History." (April 6, 2012).

Dubois, L, and Casimir, J. "Reckoning in Haiti." (January 2010).


., . "Haiti and Francophone Caribbean." Ed. L Dubois. Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (2016).

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

Dubois, L. "Saphir Taïder Leads Bleus Who Went Green." New Republic (June 10, 2014). (Scholarly Commentary)

Dubois, L. "Haïti: Une révolution au coeur de l’Atlantique noir." Les Grands Dossiers des Sciences Humaines 24.Sept - Oct (2014): 60-63. (Scholarly Commentary)

Dubois, L. "Michel-Rolph Trouillot (1949-2012) Obituary." HAHR-HISPANIC AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 93.4 (November 2013): 685-690. Full Text

Dubois, L. "Confronting the Legacies of Slavery." New York Times (October 2013). (Editorial Comment)

Dubois, L. "Brazil 2014 Starts Now." Sports Illustrated/ Roads & Kingdoms (September 2013). (Essay, Occasional Writing)

Dubois, L. "Jogo Bonito." Africa is a Country (June 2013).

Dubois, L. "The Blood of the Impure." Africa is a Country (March 2013).

Dubois, L. "The Hijab on the Pitch." The Feminist Wire (August 2012).