Researcher

At heart, I am interested in the intersection of nineteenth-century Haitian literature (1804-1915), expressions of nationalism, and Haitian history. Currently, I am studying Haitian texts which imagine forms of kinship between the fifteenth-century indigenous inhabitants of Hispaniola—the Taino—and nineteenth century Haitians.  Specifically, I analyse how these texts drew upon narratives of the Taino in order to construct “indigenous” Haitian identities rooted in the Caribbean. This research helps us to better understand the strategic use of indigenous histories in nineteenth-century Haiti, while also providing an account of an important precursor to early twentieth-century Caribbean theories of cultural authenticity grounded in Africa.