My intellectual and professional path has been shaped by my long standing interest in Haiti
and the Francophone world. You can view my complete CV here.
I am currently pursuing my PhD at Duke University, where I study with Laurent Dubois. I am researching the history of the city of Port-au-Prince across the 20th century, with an eye towards questions of citizenship and housing.
I am developing concentrations in the Caribbean, Modern Latin America, and Urban Theory and Ethnography. My prelims committee includes Laurent Dubois, Jolie Olcott, and Charlie Piot.
As a member of the Haiti Lab, I have been involved as a researcher and web designer with a variety of projects including the Vodou Archive and the upcoming publication of the Haiti Reader.
I am also the graduate Digital History Laison for the History Department and a member of the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge.
Doctoral candidate in the Departments of History and French Studies
Passed Qualifying Exams with Honors Spring 2011
Received Master of the Arts Degree in 2012
BA in History with a focus on French and the Francophone world
Thesis: "The Politics of Exclusion: Race and Citizenship in Revolutionary France and Saint-Domingue"
Received commendations Fall 2007
An active member of the Haiti Lab in the 2012-2013 academic year, I am now in charge of organizing events and outreach and managing the day to day operations of the Haiti Lab's website.
I currently serve as the Digital History Liaison for the Duke History Department. My responsibilities include preparing graduate students with skills workshops and organizing campus visits from important figures in the world of digital humanities.
I conceptualized and planned an international conference with theorists and practicioners of international humanitarian aid and development in a two day conference at Duke University. The conference was also lived streamed, and the proceedings can be viewed here.
While working for the Margaret Sanger Papers Projects, I conducted directed research on their archival collection. I also served as a social media editor, building up their social media presence through the management of Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as by writing for their blog.
I conceptualized and organized a day-long national graduate student conference on Haitian Studies at New York University, which took place on January 23, 2012.
Invited Speaker at the Duke Haiti Lab. Read more.
Presented at Natural Events to Social Disaster in the Circum-Caribbean at University of Texas.
Presented at the International Studies Symposium at York University.
I was invited by Dr. Jeremy Popkin to present on my oral history work in Haiti.
Below are samples of a few of my recent projects and publications, particularly ones that relate to Haitian history, digital humanities, and oral history.
In 2011 I wrote a case study of the Haiti Memory Project Read more...
This article was published in Fall 2013, in Volume 40 Issue 2 Read more...
The Haiti Memory Project is an online archive of oral testimony about Read more...
The Vodou Archive is an ongoing research collaboration between Duke and the Read more...
I was one of the founding members of the Digital History Working Read more...
I'd love to hear from you! Get in touch.
You can also follow me on Twitter at @clairepayton and @haitimemory.