Louis Herns Marcelin

Associate Professor

Dr. Marcelin is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research focuses on anthropology of family and kinship in the Americas. His research also examines questions related to health and human security, and the roles of power, violence, and marginalization in society (particularly in Brazil, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the United States).  He began his career conducting extensive field research on family, kinship, and religious practices in rural and urban areas of Haiti, which became a widely-used and widely-cited reference among social scientists interested in understanding Haitian sociocultural dynamics. 

His five-year doctoral field study on “Family, Domesticity, and Kinship among Afro-Brazilians,” at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro analyzed family processes among Blacks in Northeastern Brazil.  The study has proven critical for subsequent analysis of the political economy of race in Brazil, the social organization of exclusion, and the resilient nature of plantation structures that underlie the marginalization of people of African descent, not only in Brazil but throughout the Americas.

In furtherance of these research interests, he was awarded NIH/NIDA research grants to implement the Haitian Adolescent Study over 13 years to investigate the intersections of marginalization, health risks, drug use, gang violence, and immigration processes in the United States (South Florida).  In 2016, he was awarded an Academic Writing Residency from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center for his work titled, “Violence, Social Order, Human Insecurity and Peacebuilding in Contemporary Haiti.” In 2017 he was awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowship to pursue further research on violence on a project titled, “Democratization Process, Violence, and Peacebuilding in Contemporary Haiti.” In 2018, he will pursue comparative research on violence in South Africa for a project titled, “Generation, Democratization and Gang Violence in the Shanties: Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Cape Town, South Africa,” as a recipient of the Residency Award from the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study.                                                         

 The constant questioning of academic disciplines’ limitations and their epistemologies also led him to place collaboration at the center of his works. With these in mind, in 2007, he led the creation of the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development-INURED in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. INURED is a transnational and transdisciplinary institute with the mission to contribute to the development of high-level research and scientific training in Haiti and the Caribbean with the aim of improving the educational, socio-economic, and political condition of these societies.  INURED has served as a conduit for cross-disciplinary collaborations between University of Miami students and faculty, their peers from other universities, with local community stakeholders through participatory research. These collaborative endeavors have given rise to milestone studies, including the first national study on Violence Against Children (VACS) in Haiti, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the study of Public Policies, Migration, and Development in Haiti, a 10-country comparative case study funded by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD); the study of Diaspora Impact on Recovery in Post-Conflict and Post-Crisis societies, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) as well as the Study of Higher Education and Development in Haiti funded in part by the U.S. Fulbright Scholars program and INURED, among other important studies. Most recently, Dr. Marcelin served as the Principal Investigator for a post-disaster study of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti titled, “Mapping Assets-Access for Equitable Recovery and Reconstruction in southern Haiti. For more info visit this site.  

Some of Dr. Marcelin's publications include:

2017 Marcelin, L.H., Cela, T., and H. Dorvil.  Haitian youth in the Americas //Les Jeunes Haïtiens dans les Amériques. Québec: Presses de l’Université du Québec.

2017 Marcelin, L.H. and Cela, T., After Hurricane Matthew: Resources, Capacities, and Pathways to Recovery and Reconstruction of Devastated Communities in Haiti. Miami and Port-au-Prince: University of Miami and Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED), May 2017.

2016  Marcelin, L.M., Cela, T. andSchultz, J.M. Haiti and the Politics of Governance and Community Responses to Hurricane Matthew. Disaster Health, 3(4): 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21665044.2016.1263539. 

2016 Steven A. Sumner, James A. Mercy, Robert Buluma, Mary W. Mwangi, Louis H. Marcelin, They Kheam, Veronica Lea, Kathryn Brookmeyer, Howard Kress, Susan D. Hillis. Childhood Sexual Violence Against Boys: A Study in 3 Countries. Pediatrics 137(5).

2016 Schultz, J.M., Cela, T., Marcelin, L.H., Espinola, M., Heitmann, I., Sanchez, C., Jean Pierre, A., Foo, C.Y., Klotzback, P., Espinel, Z., and Rechkemmer, A. The Trauma signature of the 2016 Hurricane Matthew and the Psychosocial Impact on Haiti. Disaster Health, 3(4): 121-138. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21665044.2016.1263538.

2015 Marcelin, L.H. Violence, Human Insecurity and the Challenge of Building Haiti: A Study of a Shantytown in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Current Anthropology, Vol. 56, N0.2.

2012 Marcelin, L.H. In the Name of the Nation: Ritual, Blood, and the Political Habitus of Violence in Haiti, American Anthropologist, Vol. 114, No. 2.

2011 Marcelin, L.H. Cooperation, Peace, and Reconstruction: A Tale from the Shanties. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, 6(3).

2007 Marcelin, LH, McCoy HV, DiClemente, RJ.  HIV knowledge and beliefs among Haitian adolescents in Miami-Dade County, Florida, Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children and Youth.

2006 Marcelin, L. H. Identity, Power, and Socioracial Hierarchies among Haitian Immigrants in Miami-Dade, Florida. In Anani Dzidzenyo & Suzanne Oboler (Eds.), Neither Enemies Nor Friends: Latinos, Blacks, Afro-Latinos/as. New York: Palgrave.

2007 Marcelin, LH, McCoy HV, DiClemente, RJ.  HIV knowledge and beliefs among Haitian adolescents in Miami-Dade County, Florida, Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children and Youth, (7)1:121-138.

2005 Marcelin, L.H., Vivian, J., DiClemente, R., Shultz, & Page, J.B.  Trends in alcohol, drug, and cigarette use in Haitian Youth in Miami-Dade, Florida. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 4:1, 105-131.

1999 Marcelin, Louis Herns. A Linguagem da Casa entre os Negros no Recôncavo da Bahia. Mana: Jornal de Antropologia Social, 5(2):31-60.



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