Erin Zavitz, PhD

University of Montana Western, 710 S Atlantic, Dillon, MT 59725


Ph.D. in History, University of Florida, 2015
M.A. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, University of New Mexico, 2006
B.A. in History, Earlham College, 2002


2015- Current, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences, University of Montana-Western


Book Chapters

“Revolutionary Commemorations: Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Haitian Independence Day, 1804-1904.” In The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy, edited by Julia Gaffield, 219-238. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016.

“Encountering Creole genesis in the Haitian Press: Massillon Coicou’s fin-de-siècle feuilleton ‘La Noire.’” In La Española—Isla de Encuentros, edited by Jessica Barzen, Hanna L. Geiger, and Silke Jansen, 87-98. Tübingen, Germany: Narr Francke Attempto, 2015.

Book Reviews

Review of Prophetic Visions of the Past: Pan-Caribbean Representations of the Haitian Revolution by Víctor Figueroa, H-Haiti, H-Net Reviews (December 2016),

Manuscripts in Submission

“Revolutionary Narrations: Early Haitian Historiography and the Challenge of Writing Counter-History.” Atlantic Studies (forthcoming fall 2017)

Manuscripts in Preparation

“Visions of Haiti’s Past: Commemorations and Representations of the Haitian Revolution,” manuscript project



British Library/Endangered Archives Programme, Pilot Project, 2017-18

Humanities Montana, Regular Grant, 2016 (for development of Oral History course)

Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2016

Dan David Prize Scholarship for Past Time Dimension: History & Memory, Dan David Foundation/Tel Aviv University, 2014

Academic Year Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship for Advanced French,   U.S. Department of Education, 2013-14

Chateaubriand Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship, French Government, 2012-13

New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowship, 2012-13

James R. Scobie Memorial Award, Conference on Latin American History, 2011

Academic Year and Summer Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship for Haitian Creole, U.S. Department of Education, 2009-10


Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Award, University of Florida, 2015

Summer Research Travel Grant, Center for European Studies, University of Florida, 2013

Roger Haigh Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Latin American History, Department of History, University of Florida, 2013

Emerging Scholars Award, Association for Academic Women, University of Florida, 2013

Daniel J. Koleos Award for Exceptional Performance on Qualifying Exams, Department of History, University of Florida, 2012

Field Research Grant, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 2011


“Le Républicain and L’Union: The Role of the Haitian Press in the Creation of a National Literary Tradition,” Exploring the Boundaries of Black Intellectual History: African American Intellectual History Society Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, March 2017. (Panel organizer)

“The Syrian Peril: Middle Eastern Migration to Haiti,” Conference on Latin American History, Denver, CO, January 2017. (Panel organizer)

“Assignment Charrette,” American Historical Association, Denver, CO, January 2017.

Chair: “Interrogating Latino/a Identity: Social Movements, Transnationalism, and Subaltern Communities,” Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, October 2015.

Chair: “Unsilencing Hispaniola’s Histories: Precedents and Possibilities,” Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Madison, WI, October 2014. (Panel organizer)

“From Playwrights to Editorialists to Historians: The Challenges of Writing the Haitian Revolution, 1804-60,” Conference on Latin American History, Washington D.C., January 2014.

“Performing Revolution: Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Haitian Independence Day, 1804-1904,” The Haitian Declaration of Independence in an Atlantic Context, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Charlottesville, VA, March 2013.

Chair: “The Haitian State is Famished: Emergent Movements during States of Emergency in Post-Quake Haiti,” The Struggle for Democracy in Latin America: 59th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies, Gainesville, Florida, March 2012.

“Forty Years of Fêting Freedom: The Establishment of Haitian National Holidays, 1804-1844,” Slavery, Memory, and Citizenship, Harriet Tubman Summer Institute, York University, Toronto, Canada, August 2011

“‘Le Serment de Vivre Libre et Indépendant’: Commemorating Haitian Independence under Jean-Pierre Boyer,” Conference on Latin American History, Boston, MA, January 2011

“From Amity and Commerce to Suppression of the Slave Trade: British Conventions and the Recognition of Haiti, 1825-1840,” Haitian Studies Association, Brown University, Providence, RI, November 2010

“Performing Independence and Unification: Anniversaries of Haitian Independence under Jean-Pierre Boyer,” Haitian Studies Association, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, November 2009


University of Montana-Western, Assistant Professor, 2015-

American History I

Seminar: Atlantic World Slavery

Colonial Latin America

Seminar: Oral History

Modern Latin America

Seminar: Race in Latin America

History of Piracy

Senior Project: Creating a Rural Education Oral History Archive

University of Florida, Instructor of Record, 2012-2014

Rhetoric and Academic Research

Colonial Latin America

Slave Resistance in the Americas

University of New Mexico, Instructor of Record, 2005-2007

Caribbean Women Writers: Advanced Expository Writing (Online)

Analysis and Argument

Expository Writing

Université de Savoie (France), 2004-05

2004-05, Lecturer, English Department



Member of the International Committee, Oral History Association, 2015-2018


Member, Search Committee, Department of English, University of Montana Western, 2017

Academic Advisor, Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Science, 2016-

Member, Faculty Senate, University of Montana Western, 2016-


Invited Speaker, “Digital Humanities and First-Year Teaching,” Department of History, University of Florida, January 2016

Workshop Leader, “Lesson Planning and Curriculum Mapping,” Haitian Educators’ Professional Development Conference, Projects for Haiti, Cap Haïtien, Haiti, 2014

Invited Speaker, “Conférence du Festival des Grottes,” Dondon, Haiti, 2013


French, Haitian Creole, Spanish

American Historical Association
Conference on Latin American History                                                                                     Oral History Association                                                                                                             African American Intellectual History Society                                                                       Haitian Studies Association