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Award-winning author

Yveline Alexis, PhD




Yveline Alexis is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies at Oberlin College. Haiti Fights Back: The Life & Legacy of Charlemagne Péralte is the first US scholarly examination of the politician and caco leader (guerrilla fighter) who fought against the US military occupation of Haiti (1915-1934). 

Academic credentials





BA, History & African Studies; Cornell University


  • PhD, History/Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies;
  • MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Africana Studies/Critical Caribbean Studies; Rutgers University.



Teaching Interests
  • History of the Caribbean, the Americas, and African Diaspora
  • Resistance, Agency, and Political Acts
  • Memory Studies and oral history of silenced and ignored minority groups


  • Africana Studies
  • Comparative American Studies
  • History & Women/Gender Studies
  • International Affairs
  • 2020 Review of The Unfinished Revolution: Haiti, Black Sovereignty and Power in the The Unfinished Revolution. Karen Salt. H-LatAm. August, 2020
  • 2020 “My Dear Charlemagne,” by Widow Massena Péralte from THE HAITI READER: HISTORY, CULTURE, POLITICS, Edited by Drs. Laurent Dubois, Kaiama Glover, Nadève Ménard, Millery Polyné and Chantalle Verna (Duke University Press, 2020)
  • 2018 Review of We Dream Together: Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom. Anne Eller. The Journal of Haitian Studies, Volume 24 No. 2, 2018, pp. 158-160
  • 2018 Review of Haiti and the Uses of America: Post U.S. Occupation Promises. Chantalle F. Verna. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean History/ Revue canadienne des études latino-américaines et caraïbes, 43:3, 445-447
Media & Public Appearances
  • 2023, Guest Historian of award-winning film, Alain Martin’s documentary, “The Forgotten Occupation”
  • Interviewed by Dr. Gerald Horne for KPFK-Los Angeles, the Haitian Times
  • Featured Speaker at: Brown University, Bloomfield College, University of Rhode Island, College of Wooster, University of Rhode Island, University of Miami, University of Buffalo, Tufts University, University of Michigan, and Vanderbilt University.
  • Plenary and keynote speaker for the National Council on Public History; Boston College’s Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture; and Syracuse University.
  • Neg Mawon podcast

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Yveline Alexis, PhD