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About Marc E. Prou

Dr. Marc Prou is an Associate Professor of Africana and Caribbean Studies in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Prou is currently the Director of the Haitian Language and Culture Institute, and also co-founded the Haitian Studies Association. From 2006-2007, Dr. Prou was a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University where he spearheaded the development of a Haitian Creole Language and Culture curriculum.
Dr. Prou has taught a number of interdisciplinary courses in the Africana Studies Department, including the following: Free and Slaves in the New World, Introduction to Africana Studies, Origins of Caribbean Civilizations, Modern Caribbean Societies, Afro-Caribbean Literature, Problems in Urban Education,and The History of African American Education. In addition to his academic teaching, he has led several summer and winter study abroad programs to Haiti,Jamaica and Cuba.
The research work undertaken by Dr. Prou focuses on Haiti and the Caribbean within a global context. His research interests place special attention on social and cultural history, migration and Diaspora,language,education reform and national development. His scholarship and applied research addresses the intersection between cultural studies and post-colonial theories as a means for developing critical transnational and trans-cultural perspectives on matters of race, class and gender. He is the author of a number of scholarly articles related to linguistics and education in Haiti and the Caribbean that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, and also book chapters in edited texts in the social sciences and humanities. From 2004-2005, Dr. Prou was a recipient of a book fellowship awarded by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. He was honored as one of the first three recipients of the Boston Haitian Pionneer Award in May 2011.
During the past two decades, the thrust of Dr. Prou’s work has focused greater attention on finding ways to demystify negative misconceptions about people of Afro-Caribbean descent. Through teaching, scholarship and community engagement, he continues to play a significant role in counteracting the dissonance and hostility that many peoples of Afro-Caribbean heritage are experiencing globally.


Present Associate Professor of Africana Studies, College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts Boston
Present Director, Haitian Language & Culture Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Boston Haitian Pionner Award (May 2011)


  • (Afrsty 101) Introduction to Africana Studies
  • (Afrsty 102) The History of African American Education
  • (Afrsty 220) Free and Slaves in the New World
  • (Afrsty 225) Origins of Caribbean Civilization
  • (Afrsty G292) Afro-Caribbean Literature
  • (Afrsty 310) Modern Caribbean Societies
  • (Afrsty 320) Problems in Urban Education

Contact Information

Office: 617-287-6796


Articles (8)

Books (4)

Contributions to Books (8)