Kate Ramsey


Ph.D., Columbia University (2002);

E-mail: kramsey@miami.edu
Office: Rm. 625F Ashe
Phone: (305) 284-5581
Fields of Interest: Caribbean, Cultural, Law, Religion, Performance


Kate Ramsey works on Caribbean history and culture. 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 medicine and healing in the Atlantic world; and the connection between anthropology and history. Her first book, The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti (Chicago, 2011), examines the history and legacies of penal and ecclesiastical laws against popular ritual practices in Haiti. It won the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians First Book Prize, the Elsa Goveia Book Prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians, the Haitian Studies Association Haiti Illumination Project Book Prize, and a Médaille Jean Price-Mars from the Faculté d’Ethnologie, Université d’État d’Haïti. Ramsey is co-editor of Transformative Visions: Works by Haitian Artists from the Permanent Collection (Lowe Art Museum, 2015), and co-curated the 2014 Lowe Art Museum exhibition of the same title. Her current project analyzes how early writings on Afro-Caribbean spiritual practices shaped and were shaped by medical ideas about the imagination in the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Atlantic world. She is the recipient of a 2015-2018 UM College of Arts and Sciences Gabelli Senior Scholar Award.