Book Reviews

Review Guidelines

As the leading journal on the interdisciplinary study of Haiti, the Journal of Haitian Studies takes seriously its role in reviewing the most recent, rigorous, and compelling scholarship and creative works on the country. To this end, the book review editors are looking for potential reviewers who will read carefully, critique thoughtfully, and consider the relevance of the text in the larger context of Haitian Studies and any applicable sub-fields. We are committed to maintaining a high standard for book reviews, reflecting the quality of the journal.

Book Review Guidelines

  • Reviews are to be 3–5 pages long, double-spaced (between 750 and 1500 words) 

  • Reviews are accepted in English, Kreyòl, or French  

  • We ask that reviewers use Chicago Style (16th ed.) formatting 

  • Review should contain at least 3 direct quotes from the work being examined

  • Reviews must include full publication information (author, title, publisher with date and place of publication, ISBN number, number of pages, and price).
    Example: Bellande-Robertson, Florence. The Marassa Concept in Lilas Desquiron’s Reflections of Loko Miwa. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 1999. ISBN 0-7872-6373-7. 140pp. $25.95 U.S. 

  • Reviews should be sent electronically as an attachment by e-mail to the Book Review Editors, Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken ( and Marie-José Nzengou-Tayo ( 

The list below contains books we have received for review; in addition to these, we welcome reviews of recently published books that have not yet been received, pending approval by the editorial team. Please contact the book review editors directly (Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken at and Marie-José Nzengou-Tayo at if you are interested in submitting a review. It is important to contact them before composing the review in order to ensure that the work being critiqued is suitable for the journal and has not already been assigned to another reviewer.

Books Received

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, In the Shadow of Powers: Dantès Bellegarde in Haitian Social Thought, 2nd ed., with foreword by Brandon R. Byrd, Vanderbilt University Press, 2019.

Marlene Daut, Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism, Palgrave, 2017.

Frankétienne, Dézafi: A Novel, translated by Asselin Charles, University of Virginia Press, 2018.

Julia Gaffield (ed.), The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy, University of Virginia Press, 2016.

Philippe Girard, Toussaint Louverture: A Revolutionary Life, Basic Books, 2016.

Fernand Hibbert, Pretenders, translated by Matthew Robertshaw, Deux Voiliers Publishing, 2018.

Celucien Joseph and Nixon S. Cleophat, Vodou in the Haitian Experience: A Black Atlantic Perspective, Lexington Books, 2016.

Dany Laferrière, Le Goût des jeunes filles, Éditions Zulma, 2017.

Kasia Mika, Disasters, Vulnerability, and Narratives: Writing Haiti's Futures, Routledge, 2019.

Marilène Phipps, Unseen Worlds: Adventures at the Crossroads of Vodou Spirits and Latter-Day Saints; A Memoir, Calumet Editions, 2018.

Katia D. Ulysse, Mouths Don't Speak, Akashic Books, 2018.