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About Bertin M. Louis Jr.

Bertin M. Louis, Jr. studies Haitian Protestantism and Stateless Haitians in the Bahamas. He is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a 2012 American Anthropological Association Leadership Fellow. Dr. Louis studies the growth of Protestant forms of Christianity among Haitians transnationally, which is featured in his forthcoming New York University Press book, “My Soul is in Haiti: Migration and Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas (2014).” He also studies Bahamians of Haitian descent and statelessness. Dr. Louis teaches courses in Africana Studies and Cultural Anthropology and he received his PhD in 2008 from the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in Saint Louis.
Dr. Louis also informs students, faculty, and the public about Haitian history and culture. Since the Haiti earthquake, he has appeared on WATE-6 News at 5:30, Tennessee This Week, The George Korda Radio Show, The Hubert Smith Radio Show and UT Today. He also created the FOCUS ON HAITI website for the Association of Black Anthropologists, which serves as the main Haiti informational website for the American Anthropological Association.
Dr. Louis’s published work appears in several peer-reviewed journals such as Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas, Studies in Religion/ Sciences Religieuses, The Journal of Haitian Studies, The Journal of African American Studies, Transforming Anthropology, the Greenwood Press publication Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans, Mark Anthony Neal's New Black Man blog and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)’s THE IMMANENT FRAME blog.


Present Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Honors and Awards

  • 2012 American Anthropological Association Leadership Mentoring Fellow
  • Member of the Washington University Chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at Yale University
  • International Institute of Education Fulbright Award, 2004-2005
  • Washington University Chancellor's Fellow, 2000-2008
  • Washington University Lynne Cooper Harvey American Culture Studies Fellow, 2000-2008

Contact Information

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Knoxville, TN 37996-0720
Office Phone: 865-974-7797


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