411 Laf, Room 306
B.A., History, Morehouse College, 1996
M.A., History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1997
Ph.D., History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2003
Millery Polyné’s teaching and research interests examine the history of US African American and Afro-Caribbean intellectual thought; coloniality in the Americas; the politics of tourism and Caribbean infrastructure; and race and sports. He has published articles in journals such as Small Axe, Caribbean Studies, and the Journal of Haitian Studies. The author of From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti and Pan-Americanism, 1870-1964 (University Press of Florida, 2010), Professor Polyné was the recipient of the 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship and a 2005 University of Rochester Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Professor Polyné’s Gallatin courses include “Consuming the Caribbean”; “Black Intellectual Thought in the Atlantic World”; “Sports, Race, and Politics”; and “Zombies: History, Culture and Fear in the Americas.” Polyné edited The Idea of Haiti: Rethinking Crisis and Development (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and co-edited the more recent The Haiti Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University Press, 2020).
For the Washington Post, Millery Polyné and Laurent Dubois co-authored the Op-Ed “Haiti is stuck in a cycle of upheaval. Its people suffer the most.”
Millery Polyné, Laurent Dubois, Kaiama L. Glover, Nadève Ménard, and Chantalle F. Verna co-edited The Haiti Reader: History, Culture, Politics, which was published by Duke University Press in 2020.
Millery Polyné's The Idea of Haiti: Rethinking Crisis and Development was published by University of Minnesota Press.
Millery Polyné's From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti, and Pan Americanism, 1870–1964 was published by University Press of Florida, 2011.
19th and 20th century African American and Caribbean Intellectual History; Haitian history; U.S. foreign policy in Caribbean; jazz; hip hop aesthetic; race and sports; film and propaganda; human rights and dictatorship
For the CNN series Believer, Professor Millery Polyné and Elizabeth McAlister wrote a short piece on Vodou, the Haitian religion, which aired on Mach 12, 2017.