Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs & Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 804
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 US 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: US African Americans, Haiti and Pan Americanism, 1870-1964 (University Press of Florida, 2010) Professor Polyné was the recipient of the 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship and a 2005 University of Rochester Post-Doctoral Fellowship. 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 edited The Idea of Haiti: Rethinking Crisis and Development, published by University of Minnesota Press in 2013.
For the Washington Post, Millery Polyné and Laurent Dubois co-authored the Op-Ed “Haiti is stuck in a cycle of upheaval. Its people suffer the most.”
Millery Polyné, co-editor - with Laurent Dubois, Kaiama L. Glover, Nadève Ménard, and Chantalle F. Verna The Haiti Reader: History, Culture, Politics which was published by Duke University Press in 2020.
Millery Polyné's The Idea of Haiti: Rethinking Crisis and Development was published by University of Minnesota Press.
Millery Polyné's From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti, and Pan Americanism, 1870–1964 was published by University Press of Florida, 2011.
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
For the CNN series Believer, Professor Millery Polyné and Elizabeth McAlister wrote a short piece on Vodou, the Haitian religion, which aired on Mach 12, 2017.