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May 20, 2022

On Saturday, May 14, 2022 an 18-year-old male white supremacist, outfitted in body armor, and carrying a semiautomatic rifle with the N-word painted on the barrel, a shotgun, and a hunting rifle, entered Tops grocery store located in a Black neighborhood in Buffalo, NY and opened fire on shoppers while livestreaming the event on Twitch. In the aftermath of this carnage, thirteen people had been shot, eleven of them Black.

Ten people were killed. The names of those killed were Roberta A. Drury of Buffalo, N.Y., age 32; Margus D. Morrison of Buffalo, N.Y., age 52; Andre Mackneil of Auburn, N.Y., age 53; Aaron Salter of Lockport, N.Y. – age 55; Geraldine Talley of Buffalo, N.Y., age 62; Celestine Chaney of Buffalo, N.Y., age 65; Heyward Patterson of Buffalo, N.Y., age 67; Katherine Massey of Buffalo, N.Y., age 72; Pearl Young of Buffalo, N.Y., age 77; and Ruth Whitfield of Buffalo, N.Y., age 86.

While the details of this act of white supremacist terror are still emerging, it has been revealed that the accused had made his views known to many. In a series of online statements over the past five months, including a one hundred and eighty page “manifesto” espousing white-supremacist beliefs, largely copied from far-right extremism venues such as 4chan, the killer railed against those he called “replacers.” Replacement theory – the belief of far-right white racists (nationalists, Nazis, Klu Klux Klan members, and other white supremacists) that high birth rates among Black people and open immigration policies will one day lead to the end of America’s white majority – has been a regular theme circulated by FOX NEWS, and has been mainstreamed into the largely-white GOP and white communities throughout the U.S. The assassin stated that his goal was to “kill as many Blacks as possible.” And he had intended to continue to kill more Black people after the carnage at the Tops supermarket.

The Association of Black Anthropologists condemns, in no uncertain terms, this act of brutal racist violence. Yet we know that Black people have, from the time of their enslavement, suffered persistent and barbaric racial terror in the U.S.: the lynching sprees of the early 20th century, the violent destruction, including bombings, of Black communities, genocidal police abuse, other vigilante terror such as the 2015 assassination by a white supremacist of the congregants of Mother Emmanuel Church in South Carolina. These are but a sample of the types of racial violence against the US Black community, and they are more than matched by structural racial violence in the form of economic and social inequality, mass incarceration, inadequate health care, and so on.

As Black anthropologists, we know well that this latest attack on Black people is a symptom of the larger structure of white supremacy upon which this country was founded. In fact, the Association of Black Anthropologists repeatedly issues statements decrying the devastating impact of white supremacy on our communities – and the world. 

We call on all anthropologists to not only condemn the Buffalo attack, but to also recognize that this individual act of racist violence is a symptom of a society, and an unequal world, structured through white supremacy. It is no accident that the global far right and neo-Nazi movements are becoming more popular, and attacks against nonwhite and non-Christian communities are increasing. We must treat the disease and not the symptom, and address both the individual and mundane, and the structuring violences that continue to affirm the dominant position of whiteness at the expense of the nonwhite peoples and communities.

In closing, horrific events such as these are reminders that we must not be inured to the normative antiblack violence of the United States. We must also remind ourselves that Black people, wherever they live, must continue to struggle for our right to live lives of dignity and to be free, one day, of the scourge of White supremacy.

You can donate to the following organizations supporting the families and the community devastated by this tragedy:

Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund: https://nationalcompassion.org/fund/buffalo-survivors-fund/

Feed More WNY: https://www.feedmorewny.org/donate/


June 6, 2020

Almost six years ago the Association of Black Anthropologists staged a memorable die-in and issued a statement in protest against anti-Black racism in the U.S. Today, the U.S. is in flames again because of the escalating domestic terrorism of white vigilantes and police officers who, in a span of months, killed unarmed Ahmaud Aubrey while jogging in a South Georgia neighborhood, unarmed Breonna Taylor in her apartment in Louisville, KY, unarmed George Floyd with a cop’s knee on his neck in Minneapolis, MN, and unarmed Black trans man Tony McDade in Tallahassee, FL. In March 2020, police and paramedics watched as Monika Diamond, a Black trans woman, was shot to death in Charlotte, NC as paramedics were treating her in an ambulance. These murders are in addition to the continuing weaponizing of whiteness – as the country witnessed a white woman threaten to call the police on Black man Christian Cooper who was bird watching in Central Park, New York. 

This pandemic of anti-black racism also finds equal expression in the disproportionate impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the Black population. Though representing only 13 percent of the population, Black Americans account for almost one-third of infections nationwide, and Black Americans are dying of COVID-19 at three times the rate of white people. This health disparity and inequity is the result of Black Americans not only comprising a majority of “essential” jobs that put them at increased risk for COVID-19 infection; it is also the result of centuries of marginalization, disenfranchisement, and stress that translates into poorer health outcomes (co-morbidities or underlying conditions especially) that, again, put Black Americans at increased risk for infection.

As it pertains to the ongoing atrocities of the criminal policing system and the accumulated health effects of racism in this country, we charge genocide as we did in 2014

White supremacist violence is at the heart of the founding of the United States. While the extreme manifestations of this genocidal violence take many forms, and ebbs and flows, the structures remain in place. For Black people, this has meant incalculable racial terror and a continuous struggle against numerous systems of oppression – the policing and carceral apparatus, the inequitable health care system, the education apparatus, social and economic hierarchies, and neoliberal policies among others. Our resolve and determination against these systems of tyranny cannot be understated. But we are aware that there is no way forward if this foundational anti-Blackness is not acknowledged and reckoned with, in this country.

It is for this reason that we firmly assert the nearly-universal claim that “Black Lives Matter,” from allies and supporters, need to be followed up with both introspection and clear and concrete measures for redress and restitution. This action is especially crucial for the discipline of anthropology. 

We urge our non-Black anthropology colleagues, especially our White colleagues who tend to reproduce the toxic effects of whiteness in anthropology departments, think tanks, research groups, and other spaces where anthropology is practiced across the nation, to move beyond the soul searching, despondency, and white guilt that this moment (and similar other moments) has engendered. Instead, we want members of the discipline to start at “home,” to accept the ways that anthropology has been and continues to be implicated in the project of white supremacy (both in its implicit and explicit manifestations) and to lay out a clear path for moving forward. We want members of the discipline of anthropology to see the ways that white supremacy is manifest in their curricula, syllabi, graduate student recruitment and mentoring, hiring, and promotion practices. We want them to see and correct their refusal or inability to teach race, racism, the pathology of whiteness, and the banality of white supremacy; their marginalization of Black scholars and their scholarship. We also challenge them to evaluate their commitment to being, paraphrasing the words of Black anthropologist, William S. Willis, “a discipline of the subjugated races.” This call to recognition and action is only the first step in the discipline’s long journey towards decolonization. 

As Black anthropologists, we have consistently demonstrated that there is much more to Black life than the need for affirmation from the very people abiding in systems that oppress us. Our global Black communities have always worked to destroy those systems. This moment is no different. We fully support the protests of rage and affirmation that have exploded throughout the country and throughout the world. And we condemn the current violent police repression at city, state, and national levels, including the call by the President of the United States and U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) to deploy U.S. military troops to disband the protest movements that have spread around the country. Not only are militaries ill-prepared and untrained for peacekeeping in civilian contexts, these irresponsible and inflammatory calls also court the deeper involvement of pro-Trump militias, many of whom are heavily armed, subscribe to white nationalist ideologies, and may react to what they perceive as an official call to violence in support of their leader. The use of the military will only further escalate violence, lead to loss of innocent life, violate core civil and human rights, and continue to polarize our citizenry and undermine democracy. 

We demand a justice system that begins with the premise that policing is and always has been a form of white supremacy. We demand that local, city, and state governments engage in meaningful dialogue, which involves humbly listening to the protesters and taking their demands seriously. 

We also encourage all anthropologists to donate to bail funds to free protesters, to continue to circulate information rooted in decolonized ethical research, to support movements for reparations for Black folks globally, and the ABA encourages Black people to protect their health (emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual) as we continue in this struggle.

Introducing the 2020 ABA Program Committee

We are pleased to introduce ourselves as the 2020 ABA Program Committee. We are: karen g. williams, Mieka Brand Polanco, Holly Okonkwo, and Tiffany Marquise. We look forward to putting together a solid and stimulating program and poised to work with you as we prepare for the 2020 meetings in Saint Louis, Missouri. We also proudly note that our own Bianca Williams is serving as this year’s Executive Program Chair for the AAA conference.

You might already know that 2020 is a special year for the ABA, as it marks our section’s 50th anniversary. We look forward to celebrating this momentous milestone in Saint Louis. The Executive Board has been ginning up some rich events, and we hope you will contribute too by putting together a thought-provoking, boundary-breaking, celebratory roster of panels, papers, posters, and events. Here are some notes to keep in mind as you plan your own conference participation:

  • Truth and Responsibility: The overall theme for the 2020 AAA meetings is Truth and Responsibility. The Call For Papers for this theme opens with the following provocation:

“Truth and Responsibility” is a call to reimagine anthropology to meet the demands of the present moment. The imperative to bear witness, take action, and be held accountable to the truths we write and circulate invites us to reflect on our responsibility in reckoning with disciplinary histories, harms, and possibilities. To whom are we giving evidence and toward what ends? For whom are we writing? To whom are we accountable, and in what ways?

You can read the full Call for Papers here. There are abundant ways our collective research comes to bear on these questions. For submissions for ABA review, you may want to interrogate topics that address what gets counted as “truth” – and who gets to decide; who becomes accountable for wrongdoings – and to whom do they bear responsibility; Who gets left out of the accountability ecosystem, etc. We look forward to seeing your submissions. The deadline for abstract proposal submissions is April 8 at 3 pm.

  • 3 PM?? Just wanted to underscore that deadline time. It is not the end of the day. Not even 5 pm. It is smack in the middle of the afternoon: 3 PM, people. Don’t miss it.

  • 50th Anniversary: The Association of Black Anthropologists turns 50! We hope you use this opportunity to propose panels and events that commemorate ABA’s past, celebrate what it is now, or imagine its future, as well as panels that reflect the breadth and depth of past and present members, and their impact on the discipline.

  • Invited Panels: Note that we are able to host only a very limited number of invited panels. If you think your panel ought to be considered for “invited” status, please (1) reach out to us at ABAProgramCommittee@gmail.comto give us a head’s up and discuss; (2) Let us know whether your panel might potentially be co-sponsored with another section, as this will increase the number of panels we are able to invite.

  • Waived Registration Fee: You can find information about Financial Assistance and Support for the AAA Annual Meeting here. Please note that the deadline for Waived Registration Fee applications is March 18, 2020.

  • We’re here for you: Reach out with any questions as you prepare your abstracts and panels. We’ll do our best to answer – or direct you to someone who can. Our email is ABAProgramCommittee@gmail.com .

Book Signing with Kia L. Caldwell and Alvaro Jarrin: Dec 2, 2017

2017 ABA – Sponsored Sessions (and Other Sessions of Interest)


ABA General Body Meeting – Thursday, November 30, 2:30 p.m. Join us as we discuss association business and make plans for the upcoming year.

ABA Legacy Awards Program and Reception – Friday, November 20, 7:45 p.m. Come mingle with your fellow ABA members as we enjoy one another’s company and honor the accomplishments of members of our community, including Dr. Johnetta B. Cole, this year’s Legacy Scholar. ABA-AFA-AFAA-ALLA-AQA-SANA-SAW Joint Section reception to follow!

AAA Opening Keynote: Bending the Arc of Change – A Conversation with Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim – Wednesday, November 29, 6:30 p.m.

AAA Annual Business Meeting – Friday, December 1, 6:15 p.m.

Presidential Address Delivered by Dr. Alisse Waterston “Four Stories, a Lament, and an Affirmation” – Saturday, December 2, 6:15 p.m.

Sponsored Sessions

Thursday, November 30

10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – (3-0425) 21st Century Resistance, Protest, and Ethnography in the African Diaspora (Co-sponsored by the American Ethnological Society)

4:15–6:00 p.m. – (3-1080) Race, Religion, and the State: Afro-Diasporic Imaginaries and the Politics of Black Self-Making (Co-sponsored by the Society for the Anthropology of Religion)

Friday, December 1

4:15–6:00 p.m. – (4-1265) Anthropology Beyond the African Burial Ground Project: Epistemologies, Ethics, and Interpreting the African Diasporic and Native American Pasts (Co-sponsored by the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists)

Saturday, December 2

2:00–3:45 p.m. – (5-0850) Between Visibilities and Invisibilities: Forms of Racism and Anti-Racism in the Twenty-first Century (Co-sponsored by the American Ethnological Society)

Other Sessions

Wednesday, November 29

12:00–1:45 p.m. – (2-0105) Identity politics versus naive workerism? Revisiting race, class and gender in the era of Trump and Brexit

Thursday, November 30

10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – (3-0440) Anthropology and the Matter of Whiteness

2:00–3:45 p.m. – (3-0845) Centering Prisons: Reframing Analysis of the State, Relations of Power and Resistance

4:15–6:00 p.m. – Invited Session (3-1115) Sounds of Vacations: The Political Economy of Caribbean Tourism

4:15–6:00 p.m. – Late Breaking Session (3-1088) Until We All Get Free: Black Feminist Leadership and Organizing within The Movement for Black Lives

Friday, December 1

8:00–9:45 a.m. – (4-0115) Centering Black Women: Examining Stigma, Belonging, and Transgressive Practices

8:00–9:45 a.m. – (4-0195) Racialized Terror, Persistence and the Otherwise: Histories and Horizons of Struggle and Surveillance

10:15 a.m–12:00 p.m. – Invited Session (4-0295) Black Food Matters: Race, Food Consumption, and Resistance in the Age of “Food Justice” (Sponsored by the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition)

10:15 a.m.–12:00p.m. – (4-0495) Race and White Privilege: Explorations of Racial Conjunctures in Latin America and the Caribbean

2:00–3:45 p.m. – (4-0850) There’s Levels to This: Protest, Disruption, Resistance

2:00–3:45 p.m. – Invited Session (4-0980) Toward a Transdisciplinary Coalition in Sociocultural Linguistics: A Collaborative Analysis of Presidential Discourse in Trump’s Black History Month Listening Session (Sponsored by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology)

2:00–3:45 p.m.– AAA Executive Session (4-0900) Beyond the African Burial Ground: Anthropological and trans-disciplinary innovations in theory, methods, and technologies

4:15–6:00 p.m. – (4-1145) In Medias Race: Black Embodiments Present and Future

4:15–6:00 p.m. – (4-1175) Spaces of Racialization, Spaces of Resistance: Race, language, and education

4:15–6:00 p.m. – Late Breaking Session (4-1173) From the Streets of #Charlottesville: Activism, Academia, and Anthropology

Saturday, December 2

8:00–9:45 a.m. – (5-0100) Blackness, Politics, and Performance: Essential Contestations in the Crisis of Nostalgic Nationalism

10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – (5-0397) ‘Blackened Knowledge’ in Anthropocene

4:15–6:00 p.m. – (5-1085) Anthropology Matters: Understanding and Presenting Ancient Egypt in Its African Context

Sunday, December 3

8:00–9:45 p.m. – (6-0070) Language, Race, and Digital Space10:15AM-12:00PM – (6-0195) Engaging Contradictions, Negotiating Memory: Reimaging Tourism, Blackness and Entrepreneurship in Contested Spaces

10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – (6-0210) The Space(s) Between: Matters of Kinship, Belonging, and Crossovers

10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – (6-0275) Citizenship on the Periphery: Race, Class and the Struggle for Full Citizenship

10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – (6-0260) Lives Spaces, Globalized Economies, and Consumption in African Contexts

12:15–2:00 p.m. – (6-0515) The Whitelash is Real: The New Politics of Exclusion

12:15–2:00 p.m. – (6-0470) Race and Indigeneity


Thursday, November 30

10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – Late Breaking Session (3-0373) In whose honor? On monuments, public spaces, historical narratives, and memory

4:15–6:00 p.m. – AAA Executive Session (3-1225) Do Black and Brown Lives Matter to Anthropology? Race, Bodies, and Context

4:15–6:00 p.m. – (3-1150) #NoBanNoWallsNoJailsNoDAPL: An Anthropology of Accomplices

Friday, December 1

4:15–6:00 p.m. – (4-1145) In Medias Race: Black Embodiments Present and Future

4:15–6:00 p.m. – (4-1095) Anthropology Matters – Fighting Essentialist Ideas about Poverty, Race, and Intelligence in the Trump Era (Co-sponsored by the Biological Anthropology Section and General Anthropology Division)

Saturday, December 2

8:00–9:45 a.m. – (5-0155) Racialization, Incarceration, and Struggle in Settler Colonial Societies: Israel and the United States

10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – (5-0475) Making Anthropology Matter – Teaching Race as an Act of Resistance

2:00–3:45 p.m. – (5-0940) From Margin to Center: Teaching Race in Times of Trump

4:15–6:00 p.m. – (5-1120) I am Not Your Negro: Rethinking Race Relations and Becoming Ethical Subjects

Sunday, December 3

8:00–9:45 a.m. – (6-0050) Anthropology and/as African Diasporic Intellectual History

Workshops, Installations, and Films

Wednesday, November 29

5:05–6:05 p.m. – (2-0680) Changa Revisited (Film)

Thursday, November 30

9:00–11:30 a.m. – (3-0225) Participatory Ethnographic Theater of the Contemporary: State of the Nation

4:15–4:39 p.m. – (3-0990) Who is your grandfather? (Film)

Friday, December 1

12:20–1:44 p.m. – (4-0720) The Return (Film)

1:00–3:45 p.m. – Annual ABA Mentoring Session. This is a great opportunity for students and early career members to connect with potential mentors. For more information contact Dr. Riché Barnes.

4:30–4:35 p.m. – (4-1290) Make it Rail (Film)

Saturday, December 2

8:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – (5-0275) From the Classroom to the White House: How Anthropologists, Educators and Activists Can Influence Education Policy (Co-sponsored by the Council on Anthropology and Education)

3:06–4:14 p.m. – (5-0950) We Must Be Dreaming (Film)

ABA Stages Protest and Issues Statement Condemning Police Violence and Anti-Black Practices

ABA Stages a “Die In” at AAA 2014


ABA Statement Against Police Violence and Anti-Black Practices

The Association of Black Anthropologists condemns, in no uncertain terms, the ongoing terrorism waged against Black U.S. communities by the state, police, and White vigilantes. We condemn the executions of our boys and girls, women and men by the police in Ferguson, Staten Island, Saratoga Springs, Los Angeles, and throughout the country. We also recognize that these forms of state violence are perpetrated against Black people globally. We are enraged by the fact that no police officer has been indicted in the recent murders of Aiyanna Jones, Michael Brown and Eric Garner; and we are outraged that in the hundred days since the murder of Michael Brown, police have also murdered unarmed Ezell Ford, unarmed Tanisha Anderson, unarmed Roshad McIntosh, unarmed Akai Gurley, unarmed Dante Parker and unarmed Kajieme Powell. These are state-sponsored massacres of our people, massacres enabled by a long history of national and global anti-Blackness.

As it pertains to the ongoing atrocities of the criminal justice system in this country – alongside those who spoke before the United Nations in November, we charge genocide.[1]

As members of the academic discipline with the distinctive history of establishing the language and “science” of race to justify settler colonialism and slavery, we recognize full well that the root of today’s anti-Black state-sponsored violence in the U.S. is white supremacy. We know that our discipline played a significant role in developing the trope of a particular Black subject – the “urban” Black – that has been deployed by society at large to dehumanize Black people.  At the same time, we also realize that our discipline has been tepid in fruitfully acknowledging and addressing its own white supremacist foundation. We therefore call on our colleagues in the American Anthropological Association to join us in not only condemning this history but also in affirming that Black Lives Matter – beyond the role of ethnographic subjects and cultural vessels. We call on our colleagues in anthropology to stand against the U.S. state’s terrorism against Black and Brown peoples. We call on our colleagues to join us in demanding redress and restitution, with expediency.

As anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston is known to have said, “If you are silent about your pain, they will kill you and say you enjoyed it.” We will not be silent. For members of the American Anthropological Association to be silent at this time given our discipline’s historic complicity in establishing the current order, and when we have the means to make a difference, is criminal.

To this end

  1. We call on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association to issue a formal statement that condemns the heinousness of these crimes and calls on our academic guild to more forcefully tackle the problems brought on by racism and racial profiling. We ask that the Executive Board make every effort to make this statement accessible to the general public through mainstream media outlets so the discipline’s stance and investment in these efforts can be widely known.
  2. We call on our colleagues to join the ABA in challenging the power positions from which we produce anthropology.
  3. We join with other anthropologists, and stand in solidarity with people from around the country, in calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to review the use of force by police and to make a commitment to working for the eradication of racism and racialized state violence.

[1] http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/11/we-charge-genocide-movement-chicago-un/382843/

ABA at the 2014 AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

For more information on the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anthropologists to be held in Washington, D.C., visit the AAA general information page. Specific ABA conference events will be posted soon.

ABA Statement on The Dominican Republic

The Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) condemns the recent ruling by the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court on September 23, 2013 (Ruling 0168-13), which has created a volatile human rights crisis in the Dominican Republic. As other outraged organizations like Amnesty International, CARICOM (Caribbean Community), the Haitian Studies Association, the National Bar Association, and the governments of Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have observed, the court ruling does the following:

  • It strips citizenship from the offspring of non-resident Haitians born in the Dominican Republic where nationality is conferred by place of birth;
  • It denies Dominican children of Haitian descent the right to an identity and nationality;
  • It overlooks the due process of law; and
  • It disregards the binding character of decisions made by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in favor of Haitian-descended Dominicans.

As a result of the ruling, people of Haitian descent are being stripped of their rights and deported.

The ABA stands in solidarity with the people of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic and calls on the Dominican Parliament to pass a law countermanding the Constitutional Court’s ruling that renders people of Haitian descent stateless. We also call on the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, to sign said legislation into law.

In the spirit of the Haitian Revolution, where people of African descent fought for the right to live dignified lives, we call for an end to the current violence perpetrated against Haitian-descended Dominicans, an end to the deportation of people of Haitian descent, and a prompt resolution of this serious matter. Let us all stand together and act in the interests of humanity and human rights and allow people of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic to lead safe and dignified lives.

The ABA seeks to ensure that people studied by anthropologists are not only objects of study but active makers and/or participants in their own history. In a larger sense, we intend to highlight situations of exploitation, oppression and discrimination.

More on the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Court Ruling, and Haitians in the Dominican Republic (as of January 22, 2014):

Myriam Chancy
Apartheid in the Americas: Are you Dominican or Haitian?

Dominicans Dispossessed: Fit for Exploitation, Not Citizenship.

Kiran Jayaram
State, Market, Xenophobia: Making Haitian Educational Migrants in the Dominican Republic
Kimberly Simmons
Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic
Jemima Pierre
The Dominican Republic Hates Black People
Dr. Jemima Pierre discusses Racial Hatred in the Dominican Republic on Black Agenda Radio

Focus on Haiti

It has been four years since a 7.0 earthquake devastated parts of Haiti. At present, this disaster claimed over 200,000 lives and has left over 150,000. Additionally, Haitians continue to suffer from a cholera outbreak that has claimed thousands of lives.

Woman standing in front of ruins. Haitian woman carrying supplies amid the destruction from the January 2010 Haiti earthquake. (U.S. Geological Survey/photo by Anthony Crone.)

In 2014, the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) continues to focus on Haiti by standing in support and solidarity with Haiti, the first black republic in the world, by disseminating Haiti-related information and providing anthropological analysis of recent news from Haiti and issues affecting the Haitian diaspora.

To facilitate an informed dialogue about the past, present and future of Haiti, we ask that peers and colleagues continue to submit relevant Haiti-related information to the ABA focus on Haiti website to Bertin M. Louis, Jr. at: abahaiti@gmail.com. Please send:

  • Articles and Essays by anthropologists about Haiti and Haitian Earthquake Recovery-related topics,
  • Links of anthropologists in the media discussing Haiti and Haitian Earthquake Recovery-related topics,
  • Websites about Haiti, Haitian Culture and History, and
  • Annotated bibliographic information.
Michel-Rolph Trouillot (1949-2012)
American Anthropological Association: Remembering Michel-Rolph Trouillot
Remembering Trouillot (Colin Dayan)
Anthropology Report: Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Bibliography
Cholera and Earthquake Relief (courtesy of potomitan.net)
Partners in Health
Digital Library of the Caribbean’s Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative
Dwa Fanm
Haiti Reborn
Recent Books about Haiti and Haitians
Mark Schuller. 2012. Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs
Books about the Haiti Earthquake by Anthropologists
Haiti After The Earthquake by Paul Farmer
Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake. Edited by Mark Schuller and Pablo Morales
Anthropologists Discussing Haiti in the Media: Recent Commentary (as of January 24, 2014)

Pooja Bhatia
Help for Haiti (Douze Janvyè [January 12])
Jacob Kushner
Four years after the Haiti earthquake, what have billions in U.S. aid bought?
Bertin M. Louis, Jr.
#ShamelesslyHaitian on Haiti’s Independence Day (Also available in French here)
Anthropologists Discussing Post-Earthquake Haiti in the Media (Alphabetical Order)
Greg Beckett
Moving Beyond Disaster to Build a Durable Future in Haiti
Is the United States Doing Enough for Haiti?
Elizabeth Chin
Anthropology Now Haiti Watch
Why Adopting Haitian Children is a Terrible Idea
Alex Dupuy
Foreign Help Actually Hurting Haiti
Paul Farmer
How to Stop Cholera in Haiti
Haitian Government Needs More Aid NECN.com
PBS News Hour
The New York Times
Jeffrey Kahn
Cut the Red Tape: Why Haitians Need Humanitarian Parole Now
Helping Haiti Help Itself
Relax the Caps for Haitian Visa Applicants
Jim Yong Kim
Dartmouth’s President, a Global Health Leader, Offers Perspectives on Helping Haiti Chronicle of Higher Education
Jonna Knappenberger
Cholera Cases and Questions in the North
Violence in Cap Haitien update
Milot’s Forgotten “Tent City”
Bertin M. Louis, Jr.
Studying Voodoo isn’t a Judgement USA Today article referencing essays.
Haiti’s Pact with the Devil? Some Haitians Believe This Too
The Hubert Smith Radio Show
WATE-6 News (Knoxville, TN)
Tennessee This Week (Knoxville, TN)
The Hubert Smith Radio Show/Haiti: One Year After the Earthquake
Elizabeth McAlister
Voodoo’s View of the Quake in Haiti
Devil’s Logic: Behind Pat Robertson’s Blame Game
Haiti’s Musical Traditions, Past and Present
Elizabeth McAlister on Hope and Tragedy
Voodoo Brings Solace to Haitians
Why Does Haiti Suffer So Much?
Sidney Mintz
Whitewashing Haiti’s History
Jemima Pierre
Bill Clinton Loves Haiti
The Dominican Republic Hates Black People
Don’t Blame Repbulicans for Obama’s Actions in Haiti
How to Help Haiti
Our Failure On Haiti
The Politics of Rebuilding Haiti CounterSpin interview
The Puppet, the Dictator, and the President: Haiti Today and Tomorrow
Karen Richman
Mass Graves May Have Lasting Spiritual Impact in Haiti
Run From the Earthquake, Fall Into The Abyss: A Léogane Paradox
Nina Glick Schiller and Georges Fouron
Killing Me Softly: Violence, Globalization, and the Apparent State
Bill Quigley and Amber Ramanauskas
Where the Relief Money Did and Did Not Go: Haiti After the Quake
Mark Schuller
“Chaos and Cholera: Haiti’s Message to the Tea Party (and the Rest of Us)”
Clearing the Rubble, Including the Old Plan for Haiti
Did you Drink Soup? Strains on Solidarity in Haiti
Falling Through the Cracks, Or Unstable Foundations?
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