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Millery Polyné


Associate Professor
B.A. History, Morehouse College, 1996
M.A. History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1997
Ph.D. History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2003

Millery Polyné's teaching and research interests examine the history of U.S. African American and Afro-Caribbean intellectual thought; coloniality in the Americas; human rights and dictatorship; race and sports. He has published articles in journals such as Small Axe, Caribbean Studies,  and the  Journal of Haitian Studies . The author of From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti and Pan Americanism, 1870-1964 (University Press of Florida, 2010) Prof. Polyné was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship (2012) and a University of Rochester Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2005). Currently, he is working on the research projects: Born to be Bred That Way: Atlantic Slavery in the Shadow of Global Sports ; and "A Flame Superior to Lightning, A Sound Superior to Thunder: Human Rights and Caribbean Exiles, 1950-1986." Professor Polyné's Gallatin courses include "Consuming the Caribbean"; "Black Intellectual Thought in the Atlantic World"; "Sports, Race, and Politics"; and "American Poetics." Polyné served as Editor for The Idea of Haiti: Rethinking Crisis and Development , published by University of Minnesota Press in 2013.


The University of Rochester invited Professor Polyné to organize and present on a panel for its African and African American Studies symposium in November. The symposium, "The Idea of Africa: From the Haitian Revolution to the Liberation of South Africa," was inspired by his recent edited volume, "The Idea of Haiti: Rethinking Crisis and Development." It was the second event in a series at the University of Rochester. Their interdisciplinary panel was titled "Respè ak Respekte (Respect and Enforce): History, Urban Planning and the Tensions of Humanitarianism in Haiti." He presented his work, "There is Money and Opportunity Waiting for the Right Man: The Commercial and Ideological Uses of Haiti--from Post U.S. Occupation to Post Earthquake."

Professor Millery Polyné spoke on National Public Radio’s February 13, 2014 Alt.Latino broadcast “Cradle of Black Pride: Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Music in Between.” He presented two short essays on Martiniquan statesman and poet, Aimé Césaire, for the February 2014 Columbia University Conference “The Work of Man Has Only Just Begun: Legacies of Aimé Césaire.” He published “Democracy as Human Rights: Raymond Joseph, Despotic Haiti and the Translation of a Rights Discourse, 1965-1969” in the Journal of Transnational American Studies (2013).  He participated, along with 21 other Gallatin faculty members, in the First Gallatin Global Symposium, held at the NYU Berlin center on May 3–4, 2013, organized by George Shulman.


Contact Information

Millery Polyné

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 604
(212) 992-9829
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Office Hours
Monday Sabbatical
Tuesday Sabbatical
Wednesday Sabbatical
Thursday Sabbatical
Friday Sabbatical


2013 Spring

Sports, Race and Politics
Wed 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM

Third Year Symposium
Tue 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2013 Fall

Sports, Race and Politics
Mon 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

2012 Fall

Consuming the Caribbean
Thu 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

American Poetics: Inventions and Intimate Dialogues in the Making of a Hemisphere
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

19th and 20th century African American and Caribbean Intellectual History; Haitian history; U.S. foreign policy in Caribbean; jazz; hip hop aesthetic; race and sports; film and propaganda; human rights and dictatorship

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