Erin Zavitz, PhD
Instructor, English Department, Bosque School, 2018-
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences, University of Montana-Western, 2015-2108
Ph.D. in History, University of Florida, 2015
Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies
M.A. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, University of New Mexico, 2006
B.A. in History, Earlham College, 2002
Refereed Journal Articles
“Revolutionary Narrations: Early Haitian Historiography and the Challenge of Writing Counter-History.” Atlantic Studies 14, no. 3 (2017): 336-353. Early Career Essay Prize for 2017
“Revolutionary Narrations: Early Haitian historiography and the challenge of writing counterhistory.” In Free Communities of Color and the Revolutionary Caribbean: Overturning, or Turning Back?, edited by Rob Taber and Charlton Yingling. London: Routledge (March 2018).
“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.
Review of Prophetic Visions of the Past: Pan-Caribbean Representations of the Haitian Revolution by Víctor Figueroa, H-Haiti, H-Net Reviews (December 2016).
Review of Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865 by Marlene Daut, SX Salon: A Small Axe Literary Platform 25 (June 2017).
Manuscripts in Preparation
“Visions of Haiti’s Past: Commemorations and Representations of the Haitian Revolution,” manuscript project
“Revolutions in the Classroom: Digital Humanities and the U.S. History Survey,” Age of Revolutions 13 June 2016, https://ageofrevolutions.com/2016/06/13/revolutions-in-the-classroom-digital-humanities-and-the-u-s-history-survey/
“Haiti’s Revolutionary Calendar,” H-Haiti, 6 May 2016, https://networks.hnet.org/node/116721/blog/h-haiti-blog/123726/haitis-revolutionary-calendar
“The 2015-16 Haitian Elections: Politicizing Dessalines and the Memory of the Haitian Revolution,” Age of Revolutions 15 February 2016, https://ageofrevolutions.com/2016/02/15/the-2015-16-haitian-elections-politicizing-dessalines-and-the-memory-of-the-haitian-revolution/
“Boyer and the Outside World,” Haiti: Une île lumineuse, Digital Library of the Caribbean, 2014, http://islandluminous.fiu.edu/index.html.
Laurent Dubois and Erin Zavitz, “Thomas Madiou, Histoire d’Haïti: Excerpts that relate to history of Vodou,” Vodou Archive, UF-Duke NEH Collaborative Grant, Digital Library of the Caribbean, 2013, http://dloc.com/AA00016784/00001.
Benjamin Hebblethwaite, Erin Zavitz, and Megan Raitano, “Benjamin Hebblethwaite interviews Ati Max Beauvoir,” Vodou Archive, UF-Duke NEH Collaborative Grant, Digital Library of the Caribbean, 2013, http://dloc.com/AA00018731/00001.
“Literary Representations of the Haitian Revolution: A Teaching Resource for Pierre Faubert’s Ogé ou le Préjugé de Couleur and Émeric Bergeaud’s Stella.” Digital Library of the Caribbean, 2012, http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00009712/00001.
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Finalist, Hiett Humanities Prize, 2018
American Association of University Women, American Fellowship, 2018-19
Atlantic Studies, Early Career Essay Prize, 2017
British Library Endangered Archives Programme Pilot Project Grant, 2017-2018
Humanities Montana—National Endowment for the Humanities affiliate, Regular Grant, 2016
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
Faculty Development Award, University of Montana Western, 2016, 2017
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
Field Research Grant, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 2011
“Preserving Haiti’s Newspapers: A Joint Project with Digital Library of the Caribbean and Endangered Archives Program,” Digital Humanities and the History of Slavery, Vanderbilt University, May 2018. (Invited talk)
“The Revolution at 150: State Performances of Belonging,” Haitian Studies Association, New Orleans, November 2017.
Chair: “Thinking the Construction of the 19th-century Haitian Nation-State: Actors, Models, Transcaribbean Connections,” Haitian Studies Association, New Orleans, November 2017.
“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. (Invited talk)
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,” Harriet Tubman Summer Institute, 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, Providence, RI, November 2010
“Performing Independence and Unification: Anniversaries of Haitian Independence under Jean-Pierre Boyer,” Haitian Studies Association, Bloomington, IN, November 2009
University of Montana-Western, Assistant Professor, 2015-2018
University of Florida, Instructor of Record, 2012-2014
University of New Mexico, Instructor of Record, 2005-2007
Université de Savoie (France), Lecturer, English Department, 2004-05
Member of the International Committee, Oral History Association
Editor for Age of Revolutions, https://ageofrevolutions.com
Reader for Atlantic Studies and Liverpool University Press
Academic Advisor, Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Science
Executive Officer, Faculty Senate, University of Montana Western
Member, Advising Committee, University of Montana Western
Member, Teaching and Development Committee, University of Montana Western
Search Committee, Department of English, University of Montana Western
Search Committee, Athletic Director, University of Montana Western
Member, Beaverhead County Museum Association Board, Dillon, MT
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
African American Intellectual History Society
American Historical Association
Conference on Latin American History
Haitian Studies Association
Oral History Association