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Laurent Dubois, Ph.D.
Professor of Romance Studies and History
Faculty Director

Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of six books, including Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004) and A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (2004), which won four book prizes including the Frederick Douglass Prize, and Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2012). He has also written about the politics of soccer, with Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France (2010), and is the founding editor of the Soccer Politics Blog. His most recent book is The Banjo: America's African Instrument (2016). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, and a Mellon New Directions Fellowship. He is also involved in several Digital Humanities projects, including the Soccer Politics blog and the Banjology website. His writings have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Slate. He tweets as @Soccerpolitics.




Margaret L. (Lou) Brown, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scholar
Director of Programs

Margaret Lou Brown has worked for the last fifteen years in interdisciplinary program development and community engagement. She holds a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also taught and developed education and outreach programs in Anthropology, American Culture Studies, Social Thought and Analysis and the Center for New Institutional Social Sciences. At Duke, she has coordinated the academic programs for the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Certificate Program and the Ethics Certificate Program and managed education and outreach programming for the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She enjoys working with students and faculty to develop models for integrating student learning, research, and public outreach, and has collaborated on a variety of research projects in Madagascar, the United States, and Nepal. She tweets as @EthnoTopics.




Eliza Bourque Dandridge, Ph.D.
Director of Communications

For the past two decades, Eliza Bourque Dandridge has provided media design and development and communications support to start-ups, corporations, universities, and small businesses. She also holds Master’s degrees in History and French and a Ph.D. from Duke in French and Francophone Studies. She researches and writes on popular and visual cultures and on histories of empire, race, and colonialism in the French-speaking world. Her recent work explores how the myths and stories of empire linking North Africa, Europe, and the United States across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries continue to shape how we view ourselves and others, urban and rural space, and the historical landscapes of conquest and resistance. She brings research expertise in French-language comics or bande dessinée and an interdisciplinary focus to her scholarly engagement inside and outside of the classroom. She tweets as @elizabdandridge.

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