Erin Durban is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, affiliated with Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies and American Studies. They are an interdisciplinary scholar who is the former managing editor of Feminist Formations (the NWSA Journal) and has published articles and reviews in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Feminist Formations, Transgender Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Haitian Studies, American Ethnologist, The Feminist Wire, The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, and Anthropology News.


Durban’s 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 and will be published by University of Illinois Press. It focuses on the gender and sexual politics of French colonialism and American imperialism in Haiti. The Sexual Politics of Empire chronicles contests between two transnational social movements in Haiti—evangelical Christianity and LGBTQI human rights—and Haitian mobilizations of antihomophobic politics.


Durban 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” with Dasha A. Chapman and Mario LaMothe. The special issue followed a symposium at Duke University on gender, sexuality, and performance in Haiti curated by Chapman, and it is the first edited collection of scholarship in queer Haitian studies.


Their current research project, “Plastic Futures: Transnational Engagements with Waste, Recycling, & Toxicity in Haiti,” brings together queer and trans theory, disability studies, and black studies to analyze plastic work and how people live everyday lives with plastic in the Anthropocene. Durban will be on research leave during the spring 2020 semester to work on this project.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: , University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ,


  • Haiti and Haitian Studies
  • Transnational American Studies
  • Queer and Trans* Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Transnational Feminisms
  • Feminist Studies