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Cecile Accilien
Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
Professor Accilien received her Ph.D. in French from Tulane University in New Orleans. She was assistant professor of Francophone and French literature at Portland State university in Oregon previous to her present appointment. She has published in French and English journals and her research interests include representations of women in Caribbean and African literature and contemporary representations of plantations, or habitations in French, in Louisiana and the French Caribbean.

Jessica Devi Adams
Lecturer in English, University of California-Berkeley
Forced from Tulane University, where she received her Ph.D. and taught, by Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Adams is now associated with the University of California-Berkeley. She is also co-editor, with Cecile Accilien of the collection of essays, "Just Below South: Performing Intercultures in the Caribbean and Southern United States," to be published by the University of Virginia Press.

Georges Anglade
Dr. Anglade is a geopgrapher with a passion for literature who set himself the task of modernizing the oral tradition of the Haitian lodyans and of universalizing its expressions. He received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Strasbourg and is emeritus professor and chair of the Department of Geography of the Universite du Quebec in Montreal.

Stephanie Berard
Assistant Professor, Department of French, University of Virginia
Dr. Berard is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Her research concentrates on literature and culture of the French Caribbean in the context of Postcolonial and Theater Studies. She is a specialist in Francophone and Creolophone Caribbean theater, as well as contemporary African dramatists of the disapora.

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Mark Edelman Boren
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Mark Boren is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. His publications include "Student Resistance: A History of the Unruly Subject," as well as many essays in journals on Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Jacobs, Mary Shelley, Henry James Herman Melville and William Faulkner. He is also an award-winning teacher who publishes on literacy and pedagogy.

Rosa Elena Carrasquillo
Rosa Elena Carrasquillo is Associate Professor of Caribbean, Latin American and Latino History at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. She has published on Afro-Puerto-Rican history and popular culture. An engaged scholar, she is also a member of the Latino Education Institute Advisory Board.

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Jan J Dominique
Jan Dominique is an author, educator and journalist born in Haiti, now living in Montreal. She first went to Quebec as a student, and returned to Haiti in 1979, where she taught at high schools and at the Universit d'Etat d'Haiti. She also worked as a broadcaster at Radio Haiti, owned by her father, Jean Dominique, who was assassinated for political reasons in 2000. Political pressure and threats on her life forced her to leave Haiti in 2003. In addition to...  More

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Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
Professor of Adolescent/Adult Literacy at Kent State University (OH)
Born in Trinidad, Joanne Kilgour Dowdy is Professor of Adolescent/Adult Literacy at Kent State University (OH) in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies. She received a Ph.D. in Literacy Studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a M.A.T. in English from the Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.F.A. in Theater from the Julliard School in New York. As well as many articles and book chapters, she is the author of nine previous books that explore womens...  More

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Ernestia Fraser
Ernestia Fraser is a Bahamian native who grew up in Nassau and left her hometown at the age of 17 to pursue a career in writing. She completed her undergraduate degree at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. She then completed her M.F.A. in creative writing with an emphasis on screenwriting at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA. She is an artist-in-residence at the Writers Institute of Diversity in Los Angeles, CA.

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Ulrich Jean-Pierre
Drawing and painting from an early age, the artist received his training from the Foyer des Arts Plastiques in Haiti before being invited to the U.S. and studying at the University of the Arts at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. Mr. Jean-Pierre's fascination with Haitian history forms the basis of his work, which hangs in galleries and museums in the U.S., Haiti, Canada, Europe, and Africa and has been featured in a range of articles and publications. The artist...  More

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Stephanie Keith
Stephanie Keith bases combines both research and photography in journalistic style projects. Her primary focus is religion and immigration. Her photos have been published in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Saudi Aramco World as well as exhibited in New York City and internationally.

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Frenand Leger
Frenand Leger, a native speaker of Haitian-Creole, has a Bachelors Degree in Foreign Language Education from Universite Quisqueya, a Masters Degree in French Instruction from Indiana University and is currently completing a PhD in French Literature at the University of Toronto. He has collaborated in major research projects on Haitian-Creole and has taught this language as well as French at the college level in Haiti, the United States and the Bahamas for more than seven years.

Marie Ltice
Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at the University of Central Florida.
Marie Ltice is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at the University of Central Florida. She received degrees from the University of Paris and the University of South Florida in Tampa before coming to UCF and has published in journals such as Callaloo.

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Lorraine M. Lopez
Associate Professor, Department of English, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN
Lorraine Lopez is Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University. Her first Book, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories, won the inaugural Miguel Marmol prize for fiction. Her second book, Call Me Henri, was awarded the Paterson Prize in 2007. Her novel, The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters, was released in the 2008, and her fourth book, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize for Fiction in 2010.. She also has written The Other Latin@: Writing Against...  More

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Elmide Meleance
Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools
A teacher with the Montgomery County (MD) public schools, Ms. Meleance is also pursuing her doctorate in education at American University in Washington, DC. She received her master's in French studies and literature at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Her research interests include linguistics, second-language acquisition, and translation, and she has published on these subjects as well.

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Melinda Miles
Co-Director, Haiti Reborn/ Quixote Center, Hyattsville, MD
Melinda Miles has been actively involved in Haitian issues since 1993. She coordinates the Haiti Reborn program of the Quixote Center, which supports community-based Haitian initiatives in the U.S. and advocates for justice in U.S. policy toward Haiti and its people. Miles has coordinated over a dozen delegations to Haiti and was a press spokesperson for the International Coalition of Independent Observers for Haiti's elections held in 2000. She authored a report on that process, "Elections 2000:Monitoring Participatory Democracy in Haiti."

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Guerda Nicolas
Department Chair and Associate Professor, University of Miami
Guerda Nicolas joined the University of Miami in August, 2008. She was an associate professor at Boston College in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology prior to joining the EPS faculty. She obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Boston University in 1997. She completed her pre-doctoral training at Columbia University Medical Center and her postdoctoral training the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University, Department of Child Psychiatry. As a multicultural (Haitian American) and multilingual psychologist (Spanish,...  More

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Valentina Peguero
Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Dr. Peguero received her B.A. in Education from the Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Santiago, Dominican Republic and a M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Columbia University, New York City. Specializing in modern Caribbean and Latin American history and culture, Dr. Peguero's particular interests are issues of ethnicity and race, Caribbean women's history, and Dominican political and military history. She is the author of many journal articles on these subjects and several books, among them "The Militarization of Culture in the Dominican...  More

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Anna Cristina Pertierra
ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, Australia
Dr. Pertierra is ARC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, Australia.She received her PhD in anthropology from University College London and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Cuba and Mexico on the topics of consumer culture, media and domestic life. Dr. Pertierra has also contributed a chapter, "Anthropology that Warms Your Heart: On Being a Bride in the Field," to another CSP book, Fieldwork Identities in the Caribbean, which was edited by Erin B. Taylor

Toni Pressley-Sanon
Assistant Professor, Africology and African American Studies, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti
Dr. Pressley-Sanon is assistant professor of Africology and African American Studies at Eastern Michigan University. Her work focuses on the intersections of memory, history, and cultural production in Africa and the African diaspora. She has a Ph.D. from the Department of African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a visual artist who draws inspiration from her research.

Judy Raymond
Judy Raymond has been a journalist in Trinidad and Tobago for over 25 years and was editor-in-chief of the country's oldest newspaper, the "Trinidad and Tobago Guardian," as well as several other publications. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford and a M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University. She is the author of two previous books, both biographies of Trinidad and Tobago artists.

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Nstor E Rodrguez
Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto
Nstor Rodrguez is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto, Canada. He received a B.A. in Comparative Literature frin University of Puerto Rico in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Spanish from Emory University, 2003. Click here for Rodrguez' full resume

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Jacques Roumain
A critical figure in Haitian literature, Jacques Roumain was born in 1907 to a venerable Haitian family. Educated in Port-au-Prince and later in Europe, he then returned to a Haiti under American Occupation. Roumain joined other young intellectuals in a resistance movement against the occupation, which was instrumental in ending it. Roumain and his compatriots were also avid promoters of Haitian culture and literature, and he emerged as a leader of the Indigenous Movement, which expressed the idea that rural...  More

R. Scott Smith
Professor of Psychology, Utica College, NY
Dr. Smith is Professor of Psychology at Utica College in New York. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University and has significant clinical experience. His research interests primarily focus on elements of social ecology and the psychology of cultural adaptation that affect the processes of emigration and resettlement.

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Erin B. Taylor
Anthropology Lecturer, The University of Sydney, Australia
Erin Taylor is a Lecturer in Anthropology at The University of Sydney, Australia. Her academic interests include urban anthropology; social stratification and classifications; poverty, production and consumption; and material culture. Her doctoral dissertation "Abajo el Puente: Place and the Politics of Progress in Santo Domingo" explores the strategies and practices that residents of an inner-city squatter settlement without legal land title engage in as they attempt to achieve forms of progress on their own and other people's terms. She is...  More

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Laxmi G. Tewari
Professor, Sonoma State University
Trained as ethnomusicologist at Wesleyan University, Dr. Tewari has studied Indian classical vocal music in the guru-shishya-parampara (teacher-disciple-relationship) tradition; Turkish music and Ghanaian drumming. He has conducted numerous field researches to India, Turkey, Trinidad and Tobago, and Fiji. He enjoys sharing his first-hand experiences with the musics of South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and African in the 'teaching what you know best' theory.

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Tatiana K. Wah
Assistant Professor of Urban Development and Policy, New School University, NY
Dr. Wah is assistant professor of urban development and policy at the Robert J. Milano School of Management and Urban Policy of the New School University in New York. She received her master's degree and doctorate in urban and regional planning and policy development from Rutgers University and her undergraduate degree from Brown University. Her research and consulting work have focused on two areas: the economic development of small countries, particularly those in the Caribbean; and the global management of...  More

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Molly Crumpton Winter
Professor, Department of English, California State University, Stanislaus
Professor of English at California State University, Stanislaus, Dr. Winter teaches American literature, specializing in multiethnic literature. She is a Fulbright Scholar and the author of American Narratives: Multiethnic Writing in the Age of Realism, published in 2007. Her work has appeared in A Companion to the American Short Story: Western American Literature and in Pre-Harlem: African American Literature and Culture, 1877-1919, among other publications.
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