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.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.


  • Transnational American Studies
  • LGBTQI Studies
  • Haiti and Haitian Studies
  • Political Anthropology
  • Social Movements
  • Human Rights
  • Transnational Feminisms
  • Critical Theory: Queer, Trans*, Feminist, Black, Postcolonial, Marxist
Courses Taught
  • ANTH 1003–Understanding Cultures
  • ANTH 3047W Anthropology of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
  • ANTH 4035 Ethnographic Research Methods
  • GLOS 3900 Global LGBTQI Studies
  • GLOS 3900/5900 Accounting for Human Rights (Special Topics)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) Program Committee Chair: 2016 - 2018
  • ISU Institute for LGBT Studies and Services Board Director: 2015 - 2017
  • Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) Community Advisory Board Member: 2013 - 2015
  • American Friends Service Committee—Colorado Program Director: 2002 - 2006
  • Performing Postcolonial Homophobia: An Analysis of the 2013 Public Demonstrations Against Same-Sex Marriage in Haiti: Durban-Albrecht, Erin, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, 27.2 , 2017. Download
  • Postcolonial Disablement and/as Transition: Trans* Haitian Narratives of Breaking Open and Stitching Together: Durban-Albrecht, Erin, Transgender Studies Quarterly , 4.2 , 2017. Download
  • The Legacy of Assotto Saint: Tracing Transnational History from the Gay Haitian Diaspora: Durban-Albrecht, Erin, Journal of Haitian Studies, 19.1 , 2013.
  • National Women's Studies Association–University of Illinois Press First Book Prize, 2015
  • American Studies Association Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Award, 2015
  • Association of American University Women (AAUW) American Fellow, 2014
  • Mario Savio Young Activist Award, 2005