Book Review guidelines

Journal of Haitian Studies


As the leading journal on the interdisciplinary study of Haiti, The Journal of Haitian Studies takes seriously its role in reviewing the most recent, rigorous and compelling scholarship and creative works on the country. To this end, the book review editors are looking for potential reviewers who will read carefully, critique thoughtfully, and consider the relevance of the text in the larger context of Haitian Studies and the applicable sub-fields. We are committed to maintaining a high standard for book reviews, reflecting the quality of the journal.

Book Review Guidelines

  • * Reviews are to be 3–5 pages long, double-spaced (between 750 and 1500 words)

  • * Reviews are accepted in English, Kreyòl, or French

  • * We ask that reviewers use Chicago Style (16th ed.) formatting

  • * Review should contain at least 3 direct quotes from the work being examined

  • * Reviews must include full publication information (author, title, publisher with date and place of publication, ISBN number, number of pages, and price). For example:

  • Bellande-Robertson, Florence. The Marassa Concept in Lilas Desquiron’s Reflections of Loko Miwa. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 1999. ISBN 0-7872-6373-7. 140pp. $25.95 U.S.

  • * Reviews should be sent electronically as an attachment by e-mail to the Book Review Editors, Nadève Ménard ( and Régine Michelle Jean-Charles (

The list below contains books we have received for review; in addition to these, we welcome reviews of recently published books that have not yet been received, pending approval by the editorial team. Please contact the book review editors directly (Régine Jean-Charles at and Nadève Ménard at if you are interested in submitting a review. It is important to contact them before composing the review in order to ensure that the work being critiqued is suitable for the journal and has not already been assigned to another reviewer.

Books Received:

Arthur F. Saint-Aubin, The Memoirs of Toussaint and Isaac Louverture: Representing the Black Masculine Subject in Narratives of Mourning and Loss, Lehigh University Press, 2015.

Kristy A. Belton, Statelessness in the Caribbean: The Paradox of Belonging in a Postnational World, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.

Émeric Bergeaud, Stella: A Novel of the Haitian Revolution, trans. and ed. Lesley S. Curtis and Christen Mucher, NYU Press, 2015.

Clara Rachel Eybalin Casséus, Transnationalisme Associatif Haïtien et Jamaïcain. Géographie du développement local et politiques diasporiques, Éditions Universitaires Européenes, 2015.

Ralph R. Frerichs, Deadly River: Cholera and Cover-Up in Post-Earthquake Haiti, Cornell University Press, 2016.

Julia Gaffield (ed.), The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy, University of Virginia Press, 2016.

Philippe Girard, Toussaint Louverture: A Revolutionary Life, Basic Books, 2016.

Ronald Angelo Johnson, Diplomacy in Black and White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance, University of Georgia Press, 2014.

Celucien Joseph and Nixon S. Cleophat, Vodou in the Haitian Experience: A Black Atlantic Perspective, Lexington Press, 2016.

Celucien Joseph and Nixon S. Cleophat (eds.), Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination, Lexington Press, 2016.

Dany Laferrière, Le Goût des jeunes filles, Éditions Zulma, 2017.

Makenzy Orcel, L'Ombre animale, Éditions Zulma, 2016.

Toni Pressley-Sanon, Istwa Across the Water; Haitian History, Memory, and the Cultural Imagination, University Press of Florida, 2017.

Katia D. Ulysse, Mouths Don't Speak, Akashic Books, 2018.
























Editorial Board

Claudine Michel
University of California, Santa Barbara

Associate Editors
Patrick Bellegarde-Smith
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

LeGrace Benson
Arts of Haiti Research Project, Ithaca, New York

Managing Editor
Rose Elfman
University of California, Santa Barbara

Assistant Editor
Nadège Clitandre
University of California, Santa Barbara

Book Review Editors
Régine Michelle Jean-Charles
Boston College

Nadève Ménard
Université d'État d'Haïti

Kreyòl Editor
Jacques Pierre
Duke University

Editorial Board

Carole M. Berotte Joseph
Bronx Community College

Jhon Picard Byron
Faculté d'Ethnologie, UEH

Alix Cantave
W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Carrol F. Coates
Binghamton University, SUNY

Donald J. Cosentino
University of California, Los Angeles

Edwidge Danticat
Miami, Florida

Colin Dayan
Vanderbilt University

Michel DeGraff
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fritz Deshommes
Université d'État d'Haïti

Alex Dupuy
Wesleyan University

Robert Fatton Jr.
University of Virginia

León-François Hoffmann
Princeton University

Laënnec Hurbon
Centre de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris

Jean Jonassaint
Syracuse University

Michel Laguerre
University of California, Berkeley

Yanick Lahens
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

George Lipsitz
University of California, Santa Barbara

Christopher McAuley
University of California,
Santa Barbara

Georges Michel
Université Quisqueya

Marie-José Nzengou-Tayo
University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

Brenda Gayle Plummer University of Wisconsin

Gina A. Ulysse
Wesleyan University

Tatiana Wah
Columbia University

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