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Chelsea Stieber


Assistant Professor, French and Francophone Studies


Advisor, French and Francophone Studies 

210 McMahon Hall









Before coming to CUA in 2013, Dr. Stieber taught as a graduate instructor and an adjunct instructor in the Department of French at New York University. At CUA, she has taught and developed a senior research methods seminar on the theme of le retour in Francophone literature, a new course on Francophone Literature and Culture, and two new 300-level seminars on critical analysis and society and culture. She is also teaching a graduate seminar on Theory and Criticism in the spring 2015 term.


Dr. Stieber’s research focuses on the transcultural and transnational foundations of early 20th-century nationalism in Haiti. These global exchanges were key to motivating radically new thought on “Haitianness” and national identity. Through the medium of poetry, Haitian intellectuals questioned fixed notions of center and periphery, and destabilized definitions of exoticism and otherness. As early as the 1920s, Haitian intellectuals were articulating themes that would not gain prominence in postcolonial literature until the 1950s and 60s.

She is currently working on a book manuscript that focuses on the way in which the local and regional expressions of Haitian literature and culture are shaped by, but also elided from, transnational movements of the early 20th century.


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


“The Vocation of the Indigènes: Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Nationalism in la Revue indigène,” Francosphères Eds. Charles Forsdick and Martin Munro (in press)

Un art plus réellement nôtre: Haitian Intellectuals, the First World War, and the Rise of Cultural Nationalism in the 1920s” in Olivier Compagnon and María Inés Tato, eds., Toward a History of the First World War in Latin America. Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert Verlag. (in press)

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

“Pétion and Bolívar.” Haïti: Une Ile lumineuse, a free-access collection of digital content on Haiti. Digital Library of the Caribbean, 2014. (


Selected Conferences
Local Publishing, Global Culture: 20th-century New World Modernism and the Literary Magazine,” Beyond Tradition: French Studies and Popular Culture, 1800-2014, George Washington University, Washington, DC, April 25, 2014.

“The Regional and the National: Competing Narratives of Cultural Nationalism in Haiti,” The Local and the Regional: Elided Spaces of Postcolonial Capital, American Comparative Literature Association, New York University, March 20-23, 2014.

“Unhoming Haitian Studies: Literary and Cultural Inquiry beyond Port-au-Prince,” Representations, Revisions, Responsibilities: Toward New Narratives for Haiti in 2013 and Beyond, Haitian Studies Associations, Port-au-Prince, November 7-9, 2013.

“Du côté de chez Swann at 100, and in kreyòl: Guy Régis Junior Translates Marcel Proust,” Translating/Writing/ Publishing Caribbean Literature, La Maison française, New York University, April 26, 2013.

The Vocation of the Indigènes: Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Nationalism in la Revue indigène,” Haiti in a Globalized Frame, Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Florida State University, February 14-16, 2013.

Les effets intellectuels de la Première Guerre mondiale en Haïti au travers du prisme de l’occupation américaine, 1915-1934.” Pour une histoire de la Première Guerre mondiale en Amérique latine, Institut des Amériques and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 and the Institut des Hautes Etudes de l’Amérique latine, April 3-5, 2012.

Camelots du Roi Christophe: Far-Right French Nationalism in Northern Haiti.Roots and Branches: New Directions in Haitian Studies, Institute of French Studies conference, New York University, January 23, 2012.

Gérard de Catalogne, passeur transatlantique du maurrassisme entre Haïti et la France.” Internationalisation des droites radicales. Europe–Amériques. Doctrinaires, vulgarisateurs et passeurs, Maison des sciences de l’homme-Lorraine, in conjunction with the CNRS and L’Université de Lorraine, November 17-18, 2011.

On en parlera avec des fleurs devant la bouche: Contemporary Haitian Writing beyond the Novel.” Haiti, History, Healing: Facing the Challenges of Reconstruction, Haitian Studies Association, Brown University, November 10-13, 2010.