Yveline Alexis

  • Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies


  • BA, history/Africana Studies, Cornell University, 2002
  • PhD, history/Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o studies, and MAUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst, 2011
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Africana Studies/Critical Caribbean studies Rutgers University, 2011-2013


Research and Teaching Interests

  • History of the Caribbean, the Americas, and African Diaspora
  • Resistance, Agency, and Political Acts
  • Memory Studies and oral history of silenced and ignored minority groups


Alexis’s first monograph relies on international archives to examine Haitian resistance to the US occupation that spanned from 1915-1934. Relying on multilingual sources, including Haitian Kreyòl, French, and English, Alexis locates and brings to light the different ways that Haitians responded to US imperialism. The work closely looks at the life of a politician and guerrilla fighter and locates the Haitian women and men who also protested in intellectual, artistic, and religious ways. The book Haiti Fights Back: The Life & Legacy of Charlemagne Péralte is available online.

  • 2020 Review of The Unfinished Revolution: Haiti, Black Sovereignty and Power in the The Unfinished Revolution. Karen Salt. H-LatAm. August, 2020
  • 2020 “My Dear Charlemagne,” by Widow Massena Péralte from THE HAITI READER: HISTORY, CULTURE, POLITICS, Edited by Drs. Laurent Dubois, Kaiama Glover, Nadève Ménard, Millery Polyné and Chantalle Verna (Duke University Press, 2020) 
  • 2018 Review of We Dream Together: Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom. Anne Eller. The Journal of Haitian Studies, Volume 24 No. 2, 2018, pp. 158-160 
  • 2018 Review of Haiti and the Uses of America: Post U.S. Occupation Promises. Chantalle F. Verna. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean History/ Revue canadienne des études latino-américaines et caraïbes, 43:3, 445-447


Yveline Alexis participates in panel discussion for Haitian Flag Day

May 26, 2021

In celebration of Haitian Flag Day on May 18, the Haitian Times founder Garry Pierre-Pierre featured Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies Yveline Alexis along with Wyclef Jean, Nedjine Paul Deroly, and Dave Fils-Aime as panelists for a discussion about "Upholding L'Union Fait La Force (Unity is Strength) in our Community."

Yveline Alexis presents at University of Rhode Island

April 16, 2021

Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies Yveline Alexis was a featured speaker at the University of Rhode Island. She presented about the significance of using Caribbean archives and multilingual sources in writing about Charlemagne Péralte’s life and legacy.

Yveline Alexis gives lecture on resistance during U.S. invasion of Haiti

March 30, 2021

Yveline Alexis, associate professor of Africana studies and comparative American studies, was a guest speaker for Bloomfield College's Holley/Humanities Series on "Looking Back and Looking Forward: Discussions about Race, Gender, Voice and Power." She delivered a lecture about resistance in the Americas during the United States invasion of Haiti.

Yveline Alexis appointed faculty success coach

December 9, 2020

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) hired Yveline Alexis, associate professor of Africana studies and Comparative American studies, as one of its coaches for is faculty success program for 2021.

Yveline Alexis raises funds to support organizations in Haiti

November 20, 2020

Yveline Alexis is part of a team that planned a fundraiser for Ayiti Community Trust. We raised funds to help support organizations based in Haiti that are headed by Haitians.  View the full global program in multiple language formats. 

Shelley Lee, Yveline Alexis, Meredith Gadsby, and Gina Perez Co-Author Op-Ed

January 3, 2018

Shelley Lee, associate professor of history and comparative American studies, Yveline Alexis, assistant professor of Africana studies, Meredith Gadsby, associate professor of Africana studies, and Gina Perez, professor of comparative American studies, co-authored the op-ed “Selective Compassion: The US Approach to Haitians Hasn’t Changed in Hundreds of Years” in Truthout.