Ph.D., Columbia University (2002);
Office: Rm. 625F Ashe
Phone: (305) 284-5581
Fields of Interest: Caribbean, Cultural, Law, Religion, Performance
Kate Ramsey works on Caribbean history and culture with a particular focus on Haiti. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of religion, law, and performance in the Caribbean and the Atlantic world; Caribbean intellectual history, artistic production, and social movements; histories of health and healing; and the relationship between anthropology and history. Her first book The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti (University of Chicago Press, 2011) examines the history and legacies of penal and ecclesiastical laws against popular ritual practices in Haiti. It was awarded the 2011 Berkshire Book Prize from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, the 2011/12 Elsa Goveia Book Prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians, the 2013 Haitian Studies Association Book Prize, and a 2013 Médaille Jean Price-Mars from the Faculté d’Ethnologie, Université d’État d’Haïti. Her next project focuses on Afro-Caribbean spiritual practice and Enlightenment thought, centering on eighteenth century Saint-Domingue and Jamaica.