Africana Studies
Department Chair:
Pam Brooks

Administrative Assistant:
David Divins

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8923
Fax: (440) 775-6485

Rice Hall 29
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Yveline Alexis

Yveline Alexis

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

Contact Information


Rice Hall 25
(440) 775-8375

Yveline Alexis

Yveline Alexis

Educational Background

  • B.A., (History/Africana Studies) Cornell University, 2002
  • M.A. and PhD, (History/Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies) University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2011
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, (Africana Studies/Critical Caribbean Studies) Rutgers University, 2011-2013

Research and 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


I am writing my manuscript, “Haiti Fights Back:  Charlemagne Péralte and the Structures of U.S. Empire.”  For this historical work, I utilize Haitian Kreyòl, French, and English sources to reveal U.S. and Haiti’s political relationship.  I rely on records from both nations (legislation, murals, oral history, and military sources) to examine their diplomacy from the Age of Revolution to the first U.S. occupation of Haiti in 1915.  Additionally, I document Haitians’ contemporary understanding of the occupation in Haiti and among Haitians in the U.S. Diaspora.

 Recent Publications:

“Remembering Charlemagne Péralte & His Defense of Haiti’s Revolution,” in The Idea of Haiti: History, Development and the Creation of New Narratives, edited by Millery Polyné (University of Minnesota Press, 2013)

 Review of Millery Polyné.  From Douglass to Duvalier:  U.S. African Americans, Haiti, and Pan Americanism, 1870-1964, The Americas:  A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History, 2013

Mayes, April, Martín, Yolanda C., Decena, Carlos U., Jayaram, Kiran, Alexis, Yveline.  “Transnational Hispaniola: Towards New Paradigms in Haitian and Dominican Studies,” Radical History Review 115, 2013

“Pran Kouraj:  The Courage to Face Haiti’s Restavek Dilemma” in So Spoke the Earth/ Tè-a Pale edited by M.J. Fievre (Lominy Books, 2012)


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