26 Sep

In my current project, I analyze the linguistic construction of borders (political and social) of the two nation-states that share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic). The border zone is of special interest because it is a vibrant and fluid site of ethnic and linguistic mixing but it is also where the state’s most systematic attempts at ethnic cleansing and linguistic homogenization have occurred. Straddling disciplines such as linguistic anthropology, history, and the sociology of language, I apply the analytical tools from research on metalinguistic discourse and language ideologies and insights from border studies. The overarching goal of the project is a profound study of the nature and the effects of discursive violence in a postcolonial world. My work has received financial support from:

Queens College’s Immigration Studies Research Group (2013)

The PSC-CUNY Grant (2013)

The National Endowment for the Humanities (2012)

The Berlin Institute of Ibero-American Studies (2012)


The Masacre river brings together the transnational cities of Dajabón and Ouanaminthe in the Northern Haitian-Dominican border. It has also been the site of colonial and postcolonial genocides.

University of Wyoming Social Justice Network Grant (2010)


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