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Cécile Accilien

Acting Chair, African and African-American Studies
Director of the Institute of Haitian Studies
Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, Haitian Creole
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Office Hours: 10-10:45AM & 2-2:30PM MW
Bailey Hall, room 11


Cécile Accilien is Acting chair and Associate Professor of Haitian Studies and Director of the Institute of Haitian Studies in the Department of African and African-American Studies. She is also associate director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  Her primary areas of interest include Haitian Studies, Gender Studies and Film Studies. She is the author of Rethinking Marriage In Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures (Lexington Books, 2008). She has also co-edited and contributed to two collections of essays, Revolutionary Freedoms: A History of SurvivalStrength and Imagination in Haiti (Caribbean Studies Press, 2006) and Just Below South: Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South (University of Virginia Press, 2007). She has published book chapters and articles including “Congratulations! You Don’t Look Haitian: How and When Does One Look Haitian? in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in the Wider Caribbean. She is the co-author (with Jowel Laguerre) of English-Haitian Creole Phrasebook (McGraw Hill, 2010)   and Francophone Cultures Through Film (with Nabil Boudraa), Focus Publishing, 2013. She recently wrote an article “Teaching in the Time of “Trumpism”: Reflections on Citizenship and Hospitality in Women, Gender, and Families of Color. She is the co-editor (with Valérie Orlando)  of Teaching Haiti Beyond Literature: Intersectionalities of History, Literature and Culture (University Press of Florida, forthcoming 2018). Her book chapter “Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Teaching about the Un/Friendly Neighbors of Hispaniola” in Racialized Visions: Haiti and the Hispanic Caribbean (ed. Vanessa K. Valdès) is forthcoming with State University of New York Press. Her current book project Haitian Hollywood: Recreating Home in Exile is currently under review with a university press.

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