Jana Evans Braziel

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photo of Jana Braziel34 MacMillan Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-3996


Western College Endowed Professor
Global and Intercultural Studies (Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies)


PhD, University of Massachusetts
MA, University of Georgia
BA, University of Georgia


Dr. Braziel's scholarly and pedagogical interests are American hemispheric literatures and cultures, Caribbean studies, Haitian studies, and the intersections of diaspora, transnational activism, and globalization, as well as intersectional analyses of poverty, inequality, and human rights.

Braziel held the Five College Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Center for Crossroads in the Study of the Americas (CISA) and was Visiting Assistant Professor of Black Studies and English at Amherst College. Before joining the faculty at Miami University, Braziel was Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati.


Braziel is author of four books: Duvalier's Ghosts: Race, Diaspora, and U.S. Imperialism in Haitian Literatures (2010); Caribbean Genesis: Jamaica Kincaid and the Writing of New Worlds (2009); Artists, Performers, and Black Masculinity in the Haitian Diaspora (2008); and Diaspora: An Introduction (2008). Braziel's fifth book "Riding with Death": Vodou Art and Urban Ecology in the Streets of Port-au-Prince is currently under contract for publication in 2016; and she is also completing a new manuscript entitled All Too Human? Haiti and Human Rights since Aristide. Braziel has co-edited five peer-reviewed volumes and published scores of articles and book chapters.