Ph.D. 1995 (Comparative Literature/Spanish and Portuguese), Columbia University; M.A. 1987 (Latin American Studies, Philosophy, German Literature), Freie Universität Berlin
Areas of Research/Interest
Caribbean literature and culture; Spanish American Independence; the Haitian Revolution; culture and politics in the nineteenth century; the history of political thought.
Modern Language Association, Latin American Studies Association, Caribbean Philosophical Association
2006 Bryce Wood Award of the Latin American Studies Association for Outstanding book on Latin America in the Humanities and Social Sciences for Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution; 2006 Katherine Singer Kovacs Award from the Modern Language Association for Outstanding book on Iberian and Latin American literatures and cultures for Modernity Disavowed; 2005 Frantz Fanon Award of the Caribbean Philosophical Association for Modernity Disavowed
Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution (Forthcoming Duke University Press 2004)
Cecilia Valdés or El Angel Hill. Trans. Helen Lane. Introduction and notes. Oxford University Press (forthcoming Oxford UP).