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Cécile Accilien

Chair, Department of African & African-American Studies
Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, Haitian Creole
Director of the Haitian Studies Institute
Primary office:
Bailey Hall
Room 11A
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS


Cécile Accilien is Associate Professor of  Haitian Studies and Director of the Institute of Haitian Studies in the Department of African and African-American Studies. Her primary areas of interest include Haitian Studies, Gender Studies and Film Studies. She is the author of Rethinking Marriage In Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures (Lexington Books, 2008). She has also co-edited and contributed to two collections of essays, Revolutionary Freedoms: A History of SurvivalStrength and Imagination in Haiti (Caribbean Studies Press, 2006) and Just Below South: Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South (University of Virginia Press, 2007). She has published book chapters and articles including “Congratulations! You Don’t Look Haitian: How and When Does One Look Haitian? in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in the Wider Caribbean Jowel Laguerre), and “Soleil, sexe et sable Vers le sud” in Ecrits d’Haïti : Perspectives sur la littérature haïtienne contemporaine (1986-2006). She is the co-author (with Jowel Laguerre) of English-Haitian Creole Phrasebook (McGraw Hill, 2010) and Francophone Cultures Through Film (with Nabil Boudraa, ( Focus Publishing, 2013). 


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