Her current research explores rumors about demonic animals in the central frontier of Haiti and the Dominican Republic as a form of sorcery and historical memory.



  • History 8b: Modern Latin America
  • History 8c: Latin American Cultural History
  • The Cultural History of Food
  • Animals in the Atlantic World
  • Latin American Cultural History
  • Debates in Caribbean History
  • The Cuban Revolution: History and Revolutionary Culture
  • Death and the Afterlife: From Eurasia and Africa to the Americas
  • Studies in the Black Atlantic
  • Haiti: Past, Present and Future
  • Central America: History and Culture
  • Witchcraft and Modernity in Latin America
  • Oral History: Methodology, Practices, Interpretation
  • Latin American Historiography: Cultural Histories of the Nation-State
  • Gender and Empire

Fiat Lux:

  • Haiti and the Dominican Republic: History and Culture
  • Zombies!
  • Werewolves
  • Animals R Us
  • Animals and Culture
  • Interpreting Rumor
  • Paul Farmer’s Haiti
  • Oral History: Approaches to the Life Narrative
  • The Devil from Europe to the New World



  • The Dominican Republic Reader, co-editor, with Eric Roorda and Raymundo González (Duke, 2014).
    • Here is a portion of the introduction.
  • Activating the Past: Historical Memory in the Black Atlantic. Co-edited with Andrew Apter, (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2010).
  • The Dominican Republic: A Reader. Co-edited with Eric Roorda and Raymundo González. Collection of primary materials with historiographic introductions. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.
  • The Dictator’s Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo. (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009). Co-winner of the 2010 Gordon K. & Sybil Lewis Award from the Caribbean Studies Association. Honorable Mention, 2010 Bryce Wood Book Award, Latin American Studies Association. Winner of the Bolton-Johnson Prize from the Council on Latin American History, American Historical Association.