Journal of Haitian Studies

Guidelines for Contributors:

The Journal of Haitian Studies accepts original articles in English, Kreyòl, French, and Spanish. JOHS is the only refereed journal dedicated to scholarship on Haiti. Interdisciplinary in its essence, it combines the arts, the sciences and the humanities. Contributors should prepare manuscripts in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. APA styles will be accepted for specialized articles. The complete style guide can be found by clicking the link below:

Journal of Haitian Studies Style Guide

Submissions: Submissions may be sent electronically to johs[at] (preferred) OR mailed in hard copy to:

  1. Rose Elfman, Journal of Haitian Studies
    Center for Black Studies
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3140

If you are mailing a hard copy of your article, please include a CD or flash drive containing an electronic copy of the document as well as any photos, graphs, maps, or other images.

Abstract: An abstract of approximately 150 words is required.

Length: Articles should be 5,000–10,000 words, double-spaced, including endnotes and bibliography.

References: In addition to endnotes, references and full publication information should be furnished in a bibliography at the end of the article, following the JOHS style guide.

Spelling: The standard for English spelling should be used. For articles, quotations or references in Kreyòl, use standardized Kreyòl orthography, as in the dictionaries published by EDUCA VISION, 7550 NW 47th Avenue, Coconut Creek, FL 33673: Fekyè Vilsen ak Mod Etelou, Diksyonè Kreyòl Vilsen (1994); Diksyonè Kreyòl Anglè (1991); Diksyonè Anglè Kreyòl/English Kreyòl Dictionary (1991).

Quotations: Quotations exceeding five lines should be indented at both margins with a space below and above. Permission from relevant publishers should be sought and an acknowledgment should be made for the reproduction of copyright material in excess of 100 words.

Tables: Tables should be typed on a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript with their position clearly marked in the text. If more than one table is submitted, they should be marked with Roman numerals and include a descriptive title.

Illustrations: Authors are responsible for acquiring permission from the copyright holder, and paying any necessary fees, in order to reproduce photos and other images within an article. If original illustrations are submitted, they should be suitable for publication in a finished format with their position in the text clearly marked. All images must be submitted in black and white and at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Review Process: Each article will be reviewed as a blind submission by at least two peer evaluators. The author’s name and any references that would permit identification should appear only on the cover page and should include the author’s name, address (home and institutional affiliation), telephone and fax numbers, and email and web addresses.

Book Reviews: Book reviews should be sent electronically as an attachment by e-mail to the Book Review Editors, Nadève Ménard ( and Régine Michelle Jean-Charles ( Please read the complete Book Review Guidelines below, which contain the list of books currently available for review.























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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