Erin L Durban-Albrecht
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, affiliated with Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, American Studies, and Global Studies. My book manuscript, “The Sexual Politics of Empire: An Ethnography of Postcolonial Homophobia in Haiti,” was awarded the National Women’s Studies Association–UIP First Book Prize in 2015 and will be published by University of Illinois Press. I co-edited a special issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory titled “Nou Mach Ansanm (We Walk Together): Queer Haitian Performance and Affiliation.” My collaborators on that special issue, Dasha A. Chapman (Duke University) and Mario LaMothe (UI–Chicago), and I share research interests in gender, sexuality, and religion in Haitian contexts. My particular focus is on contests between two transnational social movements in Haiti, evangelical Christianity and global LGBTQI human rights, and different ways that Haitians mobilize antihomophobic politics.