A Comprehensive Bibliography of the Work of Michel Rolph Trouillot

Compiled by: Yarimar Bonilla (earlier version published in Small Axe)




1977 Ti difé boulé sou istoua ayiti. Brooklyn: Kóleksion Lakensièl.

1986 Les racines historiques de l’État Duvaliérien. Port-au-Prince, Haïti: Editions Deschamps.

1988 Peasants and Capital: Dominica in the World Economy. Johns Hopkins University Press

1990 Haiti: State against Nation. The Origins and Legacy of Duvalierism. Monthly Review Press.

1995   Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. Beacon Press.

2003   Global Transformations: Anthropology and the Modern World. New York: Palgrave.

Reviews of Silencing the Past:


1996   Rural Localities, National Reality: Issues in Haitian Development. The Haiti Papers. Edited by Michel Rolph Trouillot. Baltimore: The Hopkins-Georgetown Haiti Project.


1996  Open the Social Sciences: Report of the Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences. By Wallerstein, Immanuel, Calestous Juma, Evelyn Fox Keller, Jürgen Kocka, Dominique Lecourt, V. Y. Mudimbe, Kinhide Mushakoji, Ilya Prigogine, Peter J. Taylor, and Michel-Rolph Trouillot. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.

1997 Democracy in Haiti: A Strategic Assessment. By Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Michel Acacia, Gina Ulysse, Ira Lowenthal and Malcolm Young. Submitted by Development Associates Inc. Port-au-Prince, Washington D.C: USAID.

2000   Social Exclusion in the Caribbean. IN Social Exclusion and Poverty Reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean. Estanislao Gacitúa, Carlos Sojo, with Shelton H. Davis, editors. Washington: The World Bank.


1982 Motion in the System: Coffee, Color, and Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Saint-Domingue. Review 5 (3):331-388

review1984 Labour and Emancipation in Dominica: Contribution to a Debate. Caribbean Quarterly 30 (3/4):73-84 . [Reprinted in: Nettleford, Rex M. 1998. Apprenticeship and emancipation. Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies.]

1984  Caribbean Peasants and World Capitalism: An Approach to Microlevel Studies. Nieuwe West Indische Gids/New West Indian Guide 58(1&2):36‑59.

1984   Labour and emancipation in Dominica: Contribution to a Debate. Caribbean Quarterly. 30:73-84.

1989  Discourses of rule and the acknowledgment of the peasantry in Dominica, W.I., 1838-1928. American Ethnologist 16(4): 704-718.


1990  Contrapunto caribeño: El café en las Antillas (1734-1873). El Caribe 6(16-17):58-65.

1990   The Odd and the Ordinary: Haiti, the Caribbean, and the World. Cimarrón: New Perspectives on the Caribbean 2(3): 3-12.

1990   Good day Columbus: silences, power and public history (1492-1892). Public Culture 3(1):1-24

1991   Anthropology as Metaphor: The Savage’s Legacy and the Postmodern World. Review. XIV(1):29-54

1991 “From Planters’ Journals to Academia: The Haitian Revolution as Unthinkable History.” Special Number to Commemorate the Haitian Revolution. The Journal of Caribbean History 25(1&2):81-99.

ara1992   The Caribbean Region: An Open Frontier in Anthropological Theory. Annual Review of Anthropology, 21:19-42.           

1993   Jeux de mots, jeux de classe: Les mouvances de l’Indigénisme. Conjonction: Revue Franco- Haïtienne. 197:29-44.

1994   Haiti’s Nightmare and the Lessons of History. NACLA Report on the Americas. 27(4): 121-32.   [Reprinted in: NACLA (Ed.) 1995. Haiti: Dangerous Crossroads. Pp121-32. Boston: South End Press.]

1998   Culture on the Edges: Creolization in the Plantation Context. Plantation Society in the Americas. 5(1):8-28.  [Reprinted in: Axel, Brian Keith. (Ed.) 2002. From the margins : historical anthropology and its futures. Durham: Duke University Press]


1999   Peuples des Terres Mêlées: Les Républiques d’ Hispaniola/Peoples of the Jumbled Lands: The Republic of Hispaniola.” Creole Connection 5(3)Issue XVIII.

2000   Abortive Rituals. Historical Apologies in the Global Era. Interventions 2(2): 171-186.   [Excerpt Reprinted in: Olick, Jeffrey K., Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, and Daniel Levy (Eds.) 2011. The collective memory reader. Pp 458-64. New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press]

2001   The Anthropology of the State: Close Encounters of a Deceptive Kind. Forum on Theory in Anthropology. Current Anthropology 42(1): 125-38.

2002 North Atlantic Universals: Analytical Fictions, 1492-1945. South Atlantic Quarterly. 101(4): 839-858.  [Reprinted in: Dube, Saurabh. (Ed.) 2009. Enchantments of modernity: empire, nation, globalization. Pp. 45-66. New Delhi: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.]


1981   Peripheral Vibrations: The Case of Saint-Domingue’s Coffee Revolution. IN Dynamics of World Development. Richard Rubinson (Ed.) Pp. 27-41. Beverly Hills: Sage.


1991   Anthropology and the Savage Slot: The Poetics and Politics of Otherness. IN Recapturing Anthropology: Working in the Present. Richard Fox (Ed.) Pp. 17-44. Santa Fe: SAR Press.

1992   The inconvenience of freedom: free people of color and the political aftermath of slavery in Dominica and Saint-Domingue/Haiti. IN The Meaning of Freedom: Economics, Politics, and Culture After Slavery. Frank McGlynn & Seymour Drescher (Eds.) Pp. 147-82. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

1993  État et Duvaliérisme. IN La République Haïtienne: état des lieux et perspectives. Gérard Barthélemy et Christian Girault (Ed.) Pp. 189-92 Paris, France: Karthala et AEDC.

1993  Coffee Planters and Coffee Slaves: From Saint Domingue to Dominica. IN Cultivation and Culture: Labor and the Shaping of Slave Life in the Americas. Ira Berlin (Ed.) Pp. 124-37. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.


1994   Culture, color, and politics in Haiti. IN Race. Steven Gregory and Roger Sanjek (Eds.) Pp. 146-74. New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press.

1995   Mintz, Sidney W. & Michel Rolph Trouillot. The Social History of Haitian Vodou. IN Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou. Donald Cosentino (Ed.) Pp. 123-47. Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History.

1996   Démocatie et Société Civile. IN Les transitions démocratiques: actes du colloque international de Port-au-Price. Laënnec Hurbon (Ed.) Pp. 225-31. Paris: Syros.

1996   Beyond and below the Merivale paradigm: Dominica’s first 100 days of freedom. IN The Lesser Antilles in the Age of European Expansion. Robert L. Paquette & Stanley Engerman (Eds.) Pp 302-23. Gainsville: University Press of Florida.

1997  Silencing the Past: Layers of Meaning in the Haitian Revolution. IN Between History and Histories: The Making of Silences and Commemorations. G. Sider & G. Smith, (Eds.) Pp. 31-61. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

1997  A social contract for whom?: Haitian history and Haiti’s future. IN Haiti Renewed: Political and Economic Prospects. Robert Rotberg (Ed.) Pp 47-59. Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press.medium

1999   Historiography of Haiti. IN General History of the Caribbean Vol. VI  Methodology and historiography of the Caribbean. B. W. Higman Ed. pp 451-77. London: UNESCO.

2001   Bodies and Souls: Madison Smartt Bell’s All Souls Rising and the Haitian Revolution. IN Novel History: Historians and Novelists Confront America ‘s Past (And Each Other). M. Carnes, (Ed.) Pp. 184-97. New York: Simon & Schuster.

2002   Adieu, culture: a new duty arises. IN Anthropology beyond culture. Richard Fox & Barbara J. King. (Eds.) Pp 37-60. Oxford: Berg [Reprinted In: Lewellen, Ted C. (Ed.) 2002. The anthropology of globalization: cultural anthropology enters the 21st century. Oxford: Berg.crit mod

2002   The otherwise modern: Caribbean lessons from the savage slot. IN Critically Modern, Alternatives, Alterities, Anthropologies. Bruce Knauft (Ed.) pp. 220-237. Bloomington: Indian University Press. [SPANISH TRANSLATION: 2011 Moderno de otro Modo. Lecciones Caribeñas desde el Lugar del Salvaje. Tabula Rasa.14:79-97]

2002   The perspective of the world : Globalization Then and Now. IN Beyond Dichotomies: Histories, Identities, Cultures and the Challenge of Globalization. Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi (Ed.) Pp. 3-20. Albany: State University of New York Press.

2004 The North Atlantic Universals. IN The Modern World-System in the Longue Duree. Immanuel Wallerstein (Ed.) Pp. 229-238. Boulder: Paradigm Press


1980 Review of Peasants And Poverty, A Study of Haiti by Mats Lundahl. The Jounal of Peasant Studies. 8(1):112-16.

1982 Review of The Haitian Maroons: Liberty or Death by Jean Fouchard. New West Indian Guide 56(3/4):180-82.

1983   The production of spatial configurations: a Caribbean case. ( A review of Atlas critique d’Haïti by Georges Anglade; Espace et liberté by Georges Anglade; Hispaniola by G. Anglade, R. E. Yunén, and D. Audette; Le Commerce du café en Haïti by Christian A. Girault) New West Indian Guide. 57(3-4): 215-29.

1984   Review of Slave Populations of the British Caribbean, 1807-1834 by B. W. Higman. Caribbean Quarterly. 30(3/4):131-33.

1985   Review of Plantations Peasants and the State: A Study of the Mode of Sugar Production in Guyana. American Ethnologist. 12(4): 799-800.

pxdrlimbas13535201207101986   The price of indulgence (Comments on Civilization and the stolen gift by JM Chevalier  and The devil and commodity fetishism in South America by M Taussig). Social Analysis. (19):85-90.

1986   Review of So Spoke the Uncle by Jean Price-Mars. Research in African Literatures. 17(4): 596-97.

1989  Review of Afro-Caribbean Villages in Historical Perspective by Charles V. Carnegie. Social and Economic Studies. 38(2): 321-325

1989   The Lost Continent of the Americas: Recent Works on Afro-America and the Caribbean.  (Review of After Africa by Roger D. Abrahams and John F. Szwed; Urban Life in Kingston, Jamaica by Diane J. Austin; Death Row by Mario Hector; Africa in Latin America by Manuel Moreno Fraginals; Race, Class, and Political Symbols by Anita M. Waters.) Latin American Research Review. 24(2): 246-252.

1991   Review of Voodoo and Politics in Haiti by Michel S. Laguerre. American Ethnologist. 8(2):397-98.

  1. Afterword to Babouk: Voices of reistance by Guy Endore. New York: Monthly Review Press.

1992   The vulgarity of power (reflections on the work of Achille Mbembe). Public Culture 5(1): 75-81.

1993   Review of Dominican Sugar Plantations: Production and Foreign Labor Integration by Martin F. Murphy. The Hispanic American Historical Review. 73(3): 535-536.

1993   Review of Transitions et subordinations au capitalism by Maurice Godelier. American Anthropologist. 95(1): 193.

1994   Review of Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn by Karen McCarthy Brown. American Ethnologist. 21(3):653-654.

1994 Reply to “ A taste for “the other”: intellectual complicity in racializing practices by Virginia Dominguez” Current Anthropology. 35(4) :333-348.


2001   Caribbean: Sociocultural Aspects. In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Smelser Neil and Paul Baltes (Eds.) Pp. 1484-88. Oxford: Pergamon


1990  A Turning Point in Haiti? The Miami Herald, March 18, p. 5C.

1994   The Peanut Man Didn’t Help the Coconut Man. Newsday Sunday September 25,

1994   Aristide’s Challenge. In Forum: Three Haitian Writers on What is Aristide’s Future. New York Review of Books. XLI(18)

1995  Haiti’s only hope is more hope. New York Times Dec 16, 1995 Vol 145 Issue 50277 

2000   Esclavage et colonialism: des silences assourdissants. Le Monde des Débats. Novembre


  1. Beyond the Hype. Cross Currents: Newsletter of the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History. 1(1) 

1994 Discipline & Perish. Crosscurrents:Newsletter of the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History. 1(2) 

1995 Borderlines. Crosscurrents :Newsletter of the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History. 2 (1&2). 

1995 Modernizing Loyalties. Crosscurrents:Newsletter of the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History. 3(1). 

1996 Open the Social Sciences. Crosscurrents :Newsletter of the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History. 3(2). 

1996 Taking Stock. Crosscurrents :Newsletter of the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History. 4(1) 

1996 Theorizing a Global Perspective: A Conversation with Michel-Rolph Trouillot. Crosscurrents :Newsletter of the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History. 4(1) 

1997  Between the Cracks. Crosscurrents: Newsletter of the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History. 4(2).  


Past, Mariana.  2004. “ Toussaint on Trial in Ti difé sou istona Ayiti, or the People’s Role in the Haitian Revolution” Journal of Haitian Studies 10(1):87-102.

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Espinosa Arango, Monica L. 2008 “¿Cómo escribir una historia de la imposible” Michel-Rolph Trouillot y la interpretación de la Revolución Haitiana” Memorias: Revista Digital de Historia y Arquelogia desde el Caribe 4(8):30-40.

Woodson, Drexel. 2008. “Trouillot, Michel-Rolph” in the International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences. William A. Darity (Ed.) pp. 457-58. Detroit: Macmillan Reference.

Scott, David. 2012. “The futures of Michel-Rolph Trouillot: In memoriam.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 16 (3 39): vii-x.

Dahomay, Josué. 2012. “Michel-Rolph Trouillot: Une citadelle contre les silences de l’histoire” Le Nouvelliste. 01 aout 2012.

Dayan, Colin. 2012. Remembering Trouillot. Boston Review. July 18, 2012

Dubois, Laurent. 2012 “Eloge pour Michel-Rolph Trouillot.” Transition, 109:20-32.

Bonilla, Yarimar 2013. “Burning questions: the life and work of Michel-Rolph Trouillot, 1949-2012.” NACLA Report on the Americas 46(1): 82.

Woodson, Drexel G and Brackete F Williams. 2013 “In Memoriam Dr. Michel-Rolph Trouillot (1949-2012).” Caribbean Studies 40(1):153-162.

Richard Price “Michel-Rolph Trouillot (1949-2012)” American Anthropologist November 21, 2013

Sepinwall Alyssa Goldstein. 2013. “Still Unthinkable? The Haitian Revolution and the Reception of Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s Silencing the Past,” Journal of Haitian Studies 19, no. 2 (Fall 2013): 75 – 103


m_ddsmx_17_3_42_coverSmall Axe special Section: “Remembering Trouillot” November 2013

Yarimar Bonilla “Ordinary Sovereignty,” Small Axe Vol 17 no 3, issue 42 (November 2013): 152-165

Greg Beckett “Thinking with Others: Savage Thoughts about Anthropology and the West” Small Axe Vol 17 no 3, issue 42 (November 2013): 166-181

Vanessa Agard-Jones “Bodies in the System” Small Axe Vol 17 no 3, issue 42 (November 2013): 182-192

Stephan Palmié “The Trouble with History” Small Axe Vol 17 no 3, issue 42 (November 2013): 193-202

Robert Fatton “Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s State Against Nation: A Critique of the Total Paradigm” Small Axe Vol 17 no 3, issue 42 (November 2013):203-212


Special Issue Journal of Haitian Studies Fall 2013

Nadève Ménard, “Adieu, Gérard.” Journal of Haitian Studies Vol. 19, no 2 (Fall 2013): 6-9

Colin Dayan “Remembering Trouillot” Journal of Haitian Studies Vol. 19, no 2 (Fall 2013): 12-23

J. Michael Dash “Neither Magical nor Exceptional: The Idea of the Ordinary in Caribbean Studies” Journal of Haitian Studies Vol. 19, no 2 (Fall 2013): 24-32

Ethel Hazard “Alterity and History: The Cross-Current Contributions of the Work of Michel-Rolph Trouillot” Journal of Haitian Studies Vol. 19, no 2 (Fall 2013):33-46

Greg Beckett “The Ontology of Freedom: The Unthinkable Miracle of Haiti”  Journal of Haitian Studies Vol. 19, no 2 (Fall 2013): 54-74

Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall “Still Unthinkable?: The Haitian Revolution and the Reception of Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s Silencing the Past” Journal of Haitian Studies Vol. 19, no 2 (Fall 2013):75-103

Jemima Pierre “Haiti and the “Savage Slot” Journal of Haitian Studies Vol. 19, no 2 (Fall 2013):110-116

Sarah Quesada “Los ideales políticos-sociales de Michel-Rolph Trouillot y sus aportes crítico-históricos a la literatura” Journal of Haitian Studies Vol. 19, no 2 (Fall 2013):117-126

Claudy Delné “Silencing the Past ou faire taire le passé dans la fiction : Un Compte-rendu de thèse” Journal of Haitian Studies Vol. 19, no 2 (Fall 2013):Journal of Haitian Studies Vol. 19, no 2 (Fall 2013):127-150

Carolle Charles “New York 1967–71, Prelude to Ti difé boulé: An Encounter with Liberation Theology, Marxism, and the Black National Liberation MovementJournal of Haitian Studies Vol. 19, no 2 (Fall 2013):152-159

Guy-Gérald Ménard “Tanbou Libète : Yon Eksperyans kiltirèl patriyotikJournal of Haitian Studies Vol. 19, no 2 (Fall 2013): 160-164

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith “Reflections and Musings on a Life Well Lived!”Journal of Haitian Studies Vol. 19, no 2 (Fall 2013):168-170

cdya_26_2.coverCultural Dynamics Special Issue: “The Life and Work of Michel-Rolph Trouillot: An Interdisciplinary Homage” July 2014

Aisha Khan “No gates on the Frontier” Cultural Dynamics Vol 26 issue 2 (july 2014):131-135

Colin Dayan “And then came cultureCultural Dynamics Vol 26 issue 2 (july 2014) 137-148

Mariana Past, Benjamin Hebblethwaite, “Ti dife boule sou istoua Ayiti: Considering the stakes of Trouillot’s earliest work” Cultural Dynamics Vol 26 issue 2 (july 2014):149-161

Yarimar Bonilla “Remembering the songwriter: The life and legacies of Michel-Rolph Trouillot” Cultural Dynamics Vol 26 issue 2 (july 2014): 163-172

Laurie R Lambert “The sovereignty of the imagination: Poetic authority and the fiction of North Atlantic universals in Dionne Brand’s Chronicles of the Hostile Sun”  Cultural Dynamics Vol 26 issue 2 (july 2014): 173-194

Katherine Smith “Haiti, an urban nation? Revisiting Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s Haiti: State against Nation” Cultural Dynamics Vol 26 issue 2 (july 2014)

Nathalie Pierre “Ti Dife Boule sou Istwa Ayiti as Haitian civic education” Cultural Dynamics Vol 26 issue 2 (july 2014)

Harvey R Neptune “Savaging civilization: Michel-Rolph Trouillot and the anthropology of the West” Cultural Dynamics Vol 26 issue 2 (july 2014)

Mayanthi L Fernando “Ethnography and the politics of silence” Cultural Dynamics Vol 26 issue 2 (july 2014)