Shanna-Dolores Jean-Baptiste

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Shanna Jean-Baptiste is a joint Ph.D. candidate in French Studies and African American Studies. Shanna grew up in Jacmel, Haiti, where she earned both the Haitian and the French Baccalauréats.  In 2014, she received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in French and History from the City College of New York, CUNY.

Her dissertation “Unbelonging: National Identity and Foreign Nationals in the Long Haitian Nineteenth Century” explores how the fiction of Haitian writers such as Fernand Hibbert, Stephen Alexis, Léon Laleau, and Annie Desroy reveals Haitian national belonging to be contingent on processes of “unbelonging,” which often involve the literal silencing of certain foreign groups.