UntitledLaurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. He is the author of six books, including A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean (winner of four book prizes including the Frederick Douglass Prize), Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year) and most recently The Banjo: America’s African Instrument (published by Harvard University Press). He received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Humanities Fellowship, and a Mellon New Directions Fellowship to support this work on this project. His writings have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, the New York Times, Slate, Sports Illustrated, and The New Republic.