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Laurent Dubois

Durham, NC   

Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the Founding Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. A specialist on the History and Culture of the Caribbean, particularly Haiti, he is the author of six books. His book A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean (2004), was the winner of the Frederick Douglass Prize. His other works include Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004), Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France (2010), Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2012), and The Banjo: America’s African Instrument (2016). In 2016-17 he was a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where he began work on an experimental biography of Katherine Dunham. His writings on music, sport, and history have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal among other publications.