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Chelsea Stieber 

Assistant Professor, French and Francophone Studies

Advisor, French and Francophone Studies


208D McMahon Hall


Chelsea Stieber is an Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies. She received her PhD jointly from the Department of French and Institute of French Studies at New York University in 2013. She just finished a yearlong fellowship at the John W. Kluge center at the Library of Congress. While there, she finished work on her book manuscript, which is a history of civil war and post-independence writing in Haiti entitled, “Haiti’s Paper War: Post-Independence Writing and the Making of the Republic, 1804–1954.” She also recently announced a Digital Humanities project in conjunction with the National Digital Initiatives at the Library of Congress on the Haitian social science journal, Revue de la Société Haïtienne d’Histoire de Géographie et de Géologie, which is slated to go live on this spring. She has published articles in French Studies and Francosphères, as well as in edited volumes. 


“The Haitian Literary Magazine in Francophone Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Production,” in Anne O’Neil-Henry, Kathryn Kleppinger and Masha Belenky, eds., Beyond Tradition: French Cultural Studies (1800-2014). Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2017, pp. 21–38.


“The Northern récit paysan: Regional Variations of the Modern Peasant Novel Genre in Haiti,” French Studies, 70.1 (2016), pp. 44-60.


“The Vocation of the Indigènes: Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Nationalism in La Revue indigène,” Francosphères, 4.1 (2015), pp. 7–19.


“Gérard de Catalogne, passeur transatlantique du maurrassisme entre Haïti et la France”
Olivier Dard, ed., Doctrinaires, vulgarisateurs et passeurs des droites radicales au XXe siècle (Europe-Amériques).  Bern: Peter Lang, 2012, pp. 233-254.



Book Reviews

Locating the Destitute: Space and Identity in Caribbean Fiction by Stanka Radovic. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2014. Comparative Literature 68.3 (2016), pp. 357–359.



Invited Lectures

Vanderbilt History Seminar, “Theaters of Race in the Americas,” Vanderbilt University, April 7, 2017.



Recent Conferences

Scholar’s lecture, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, August 31, 2017.


Lighting talk, “Caribbean Periodicals and the Catalog: Expanding Access and Impact,” Collections as Data, Library of Congress, June 25, 2017 (


Respondent, “The Caribbean as a site of American Self-Imagining in the Early Republic,” annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Philadelphia, June 20–23, 2017.


“The Myth of the Haitian Republic” Conference on Remembering Early Modern Revolutions: England, North America, France and Haiti, Department of Humanities, Institute for Historical Research, University of Roehampton, London, June 17, 2017. 


“Guerre civile et origines de la presse haïtienne” for the current scientific research program “Observatoire: Global Art Prospective. Volet 4. Les revues dans le monde: XVIIIe-XIXe, des révolutions au chaos colonial,” Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), Paris, June 14, 2017.


“Counterfeit History: Louis Joseph Janvier’s Revisionist Approach to the Liberal Bourgeois Narrative of Haiti,” African American Intellectual History Society annual conference, Vanderbilt University, March 24-25, 2017.


“Geography and Loyalty in 19th- and 20th-century Northern Print Culture,” Haitian Studies Association Conference, Cap-Haïtien, November 10–12, 2016.


“(Re)constructing Indigeneity in Haiti: From l'Armée indigène to la Revue indigène,” Caribbean Studies Association Conference, Port-au-Prince, June 7–12, 2016.