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Laurent Dubois is professor of Romance Studies at Duke University, where he specialises in the history and culture of the Atlantic world, with a focus on the Caribbean and particularly Haiti. He writes for magazines including the New Republic, Sports Illustrated, and The New Yorker. He is the author of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2011) and his latest book is The Banjo: America’s African Instrument (2016). He lives in Durham, North Carolina.