Patrick Bellegarde-Smith

Professor Emeritus
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PhD, The American University

Research & Teaching Interests

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith is a professor emeritus of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He obtained a Ph.D. from The American University in international studies and taught in that field. Later, he taught courses in both African-American and Women’s Studies. His scholarship presently is in the areas of African and neo-African religious thought and social philosophy, with an emphasis on national and cultural identities. Bellegarde-Smith has authored, edited and co-edited five books on these subjects, and a large number of articles, notably In The Shadows of Power: Dantes Bellegarde in Haitian Social Thought; Haiti: The Breached Citadel, and Fragments of Bone: Neo-African Religions in the New World. Some of this work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Bellegarde-Smith is the recipient of the Medaille Jean Price-Mars, Universite d’Etat d’Haiti, and of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship from the Haitian Studies Association. Currently, he is the President of the Congress of Santa Barbara (KOSANBA), a scholarly association for the study of Haitian Vodou, and the Vice-President (and President-elect) of the Haitian Studies Association. Additionally, he is an associate editor of the Journal of Haitian Studies, a member of the international editorial board of Kalfou: A journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Africana Religions. Also, Bellegarde-Smith is a oungan asogwe, a priest of Vodou.

Selected Publications

Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick D. Dans l’ombre des grandes puissances: Dantѐs Bellegarde dans la pensée sociale haïtienne. CÌDÌHCA, 2012.
Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick D., and Michel, Claudine, eds. Vodu haitiano: espírito, mito e realidade. Editora PALLAS, 2011.
Michel, Claudine, and Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick D., eds. Invisible Powers: Vodou in Haitian Life and Culture. Palgrave/MacMillan, 2006.
Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick D., and Michel, Claudine, eds. Haitian Vodou: Spirit, Myth, Reality. University of Indiana Press, 2006.
Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick D., ed. Fragments of Bone: Neo-African Religions in a New World. Illinois University Press, 2005.
Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick D. Haiti: The Breached Citadel. Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2004.
Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick D. Haiti: La cuidadela vulnerada. Oriente Editorial, 2004.
Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick D. In the Shadow of Powers: Dantѐs Bellegarde in Haitian Social Thought. Humanities Press International, 1985.