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Deborah Jenson

Professor, French, Romance Studies and Global Health
Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Romance Studies

(919) 660-3122
deborah.jenson@duke.edu

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Deborah Jenson

Summary

Jenson co-directs the Duke Haiti Humanities Lab (with Laurent Dubois), focusing her work on the history of cholera in Haiti and the Caribbean, and mental health issues among survivors of the Haiti earthquake. Her other research areas focus on traumatic stress, cognition and culture and the ethnic identities of African slaves in 18th century Saint-Dominique. She also serves as a Co-Convener of the DIBS/FHI Neurohumanities Research Group. In the summer, she directs Duke in Paris.

Her most recent books are a literary history of the Haitian Revolution, called "Beyond the Slave Narrative" (2011, paperback Feb. 2012) and a volume on the global legacies of psychoanalysis: "Unconscious Dominions" (with Anderson and Keller, 2011). Earlier work includes "Trauma and Its Representations," "Sarah (A Colonial Novella" (with Kadish) and "The Haiti Issue" of Yale French Studies. She is writing a book of essays, "Mimesis from Marx to Mirror Neurons." Current collaborative book projects include a biography of Dessalines, a volume of the letters of Toussaint Louverture, and an edition of an 18th century Creole opera.

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Teaching

Title Number Level Semester Requirements Fulfilled
Trauma and Global Mental Health in Haiti

Haiti as a case study in global mental health approaches to traumatic stress. Explores the genesis of the diagnostic rubric of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its relationship to local cultural contexts. Assesses critical and globalized approaches to adversity and shock reactions, with an emphasis on pioneering multi-site critical methodologies. Explores how global mental health practices have been analyzed and applied to Haiti by Haitian and non-Haitian practitioners. Fiction and prose by Edwidge Danticat will serve to bring historical and contemporary risks, ramifications, and co-morbidities of traumatic stress in Haiti into focus

Course Notes:
GLHLTH 323
UG Only FALL 2015 MAJOR: Focused Study
MINOR: Elective
MAJOR: Foundations - Humanities
Trauma and Global Mental Health in Haiti

Haiti as a case study in global mental health approaches to traumatic stress. Explores the genesis of the diagnostic rubric of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its relationship to local cultural contexts. Assesses critical and globalized approaches to adversity and shock reactions, with an emphasis on pioneering multi-site critical methodologies. Explores how global mental health practices have been analyzed and applied to Haiti by Haitian and non-Haitian practitioners. Fiction and prose by Edwidge Danticat will serve to bring historical and contemporary risks, ramifications, and co-morbidities of traumatic stress in Haiti into focus Haiti as a case study in global mental health approaches to traumatic stress. Explores the genesis of the diagnostic rubric of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its relationship to local cultural contexts. Assesses critical and globalized approaches to adversity and shock reactions, with an emphasis on pioneering multi-site critical methodologies. Explores how global mental health practices have been analyzed and applied to Haiti by Haitian and non-Haitian practitioners. Fiction and prose by Edwidge Danticat will serve to bring historical and contemporary risks, ramifications, and co-morbidities of traumatic stress in Haiti into focus.

Course Notes:
GLHLTH 323
UG Only SPRING 2014 MAJOR: Focused Study
MINOR: Elective
MAJOR: Foundations - Humanities

Projects

Recent Publications

"Adrien and Marcel Proust: Fathering Neurasthenic Memory," in Being Contemporary: (Un)Timely Essays in French Culture, ed. Lia Brozgal and Sara Kippur (Liverpool: Liverpool UP, forthcoming 2016) pp.360-371

"Jean-Pierre Boyer," Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford: Oxford UP, forthcoming 2016)

"Barbara Johnson," 50 Key Feminist Thinkers, ed. Lori Marso (New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2016)

"Toussaint Louverture, Genio 'Cimarrón' Francés y Multimodal" trans. David Gonzales, in Toussaint Louverture: Repensar un Icono, eds. Natalie Léger and Mariana Past (Santiago de Cuba: Editorial del Caribe, 2015) pp. 217-230.

"Living by Metaphor in the Haitian Revolution: Tigers and Cognitive Theory," in The Haitian Declaration of Independence, ed. Julia Gaffield (Charlottesville, VA: UVP, 2015) pp.72-91

The Poetry of the Haitian Independence, co-edited with Doris Kadish, trans. Norman Shapiro, with a preface by Edwidge Danticat, 360 pp; Yale University Press, 2015