I have published widely and given numerous talks on Haitian history, politics, and culture. Select publications are available here and a complete list is available on my CV.
Street Sovereigns:: Young Men in Search of the State in Urban Haiti (under review)
Street Sovereigns is an ethnography of street politics in a major Port-au-Prince ghetto. It traces the history and politics of what is called the “baz” (base) in Haitian Creole. The baz—part gang, part development organization, part political party, part music group—is a new mode of organizing that marginal urban youth have created to stake claims for representation and development in the liberal democratic era. Bazes enable marginal urban youth to exercise new influence in national politics and development economies, but they also lead to violent contests of leadership that exacerbate insecurity and poverty. Contrary to mainstream analyses that understand the baz as an apolitical, criminal gang, Street Sovereigns argues that it more accurately expresses the possibilities and conflicts that result from the way liberalizing regimes of governance are articulating with emergent forms of urban sovereignty. I extend my analysis beyond Haiti to argue that such localized sovereignties—common in cities as diverse as Kingston, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, and Delhi—are the face of the new global order in which the state and its formal modalities have collapsed.
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
"The Haitian Military as a Family Affair," In Caribbean Military Encounters, Shalini Puri and Lara Putnam, eds., 2017.
"Sympathetic Graffiti in Haiti: Jerry’s Murals as a Scene of Pedagogical Identification." Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 2017
"Carnival Bands, Popular Politics, and the Craft of Showing the People in Haiti," In Showing Off, Showing Up: Studies of Hype, Heightened Performance, and Cultural Power, Laurie Frederik, Kim Marra, and Catherine Schuler, eds., 2017.
"Street Sovereignty: Violence, Power, and Respect Among the Haitian Baz.," In Who Owns Haiti: People, Power, and Sovereignty, Robert Maguire and Scott Freeman, eds., 2017.
"Becoming a Force in the Zone: Hedonopolitics, Masculinity, and the Quest for Respect on Haiti’s Streets." Cultural Anthropology, 2014
Supplemental media and author interview available here.
"Unmaking the State in 'Occupied' Haiti." PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 2012
Supplemental media available here.
"To Defend or Develop? On the Politics of Engagement Among Local Organizations, Before and After the Earthquake." Journal of Haitian Studies, 2012
"On Rituals of Governance: A Research Note on the Performative Logic of Sovereignty, Sparked by the Contemporary Practices of Bann a Pye [street bands] in Bel Air, Haiti." Journal of Haitian Studies, 2009
"Hero, Eulogist, Trickster, and Critic: Ritual and Crisis in Post-Katrina Mardi Gras." In Seeking Higher Ground: The Race, Public Policy, and Hurricane Katrina Crisis Reader, Manning Marable and Kristen Clarke, eds., 2007