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Patrick Bellegarde-Smith

Professor Emeritus Patrick Bellegarde-Smith received his doctorate in international politics and Latin American history from The American University in 1977. He taught in the field of international development, political economy and culture, then later, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in the field of African-American studies with a focus on Caribbean cultures and politics, Afro-Caribbean religions and Black feminisms. He is a oungan asogwe, a priest in Haitian Vodou – his proudest achievement. He is the author of several books, among them, “In the Shadow of Powers” (Humanities Press International, 1985, 2nd ed., Vanderbilt University Press, 2019), “The Breached Citadel” (Westview Press, 1990, 2nd ed., Canadian Scholars Press, 2004) and “Fragments of Bone,” ed. (Illinois University Press, 2005). For his books and articles on issues of national and personal identities, he received the Jean Price-Mars Medal in 2013 from the State University of Haiti and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship from the Haitian Studies Association in 2010. Some of his works have been translated into French, Spanish, Kreyol (Haitian) and Portuguese. Some of his writings have been anthologized. Bellegarde-Smith served as the president of the Congress of Santa Barbara (KOSANBA), a scholarly association for the study of Haitian Vodou, and is a former president of the Haitian Studies Association (HSA). He is an associate editor for the Journal of Haitian Studies and served on the editorial boards of Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies and the Journal of Africana Religions.


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