Laurent Dubois
Professor of Romance Studies, Duke University

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.

Written by Laurent Dubois

The Haitian Revolutionary leader Toussaint L’Ouverture painted on the body of a bus operating in Port-au-Prince, July 2008. Photo by Jan Sochor/Latincontent/Getty Images

Essay/
Global history
Atlantic freedoms

Haiti, not the US or France, was where the assertion of human rights reached its defining climax in the Age of Revolution

Laurent Dubois