My research interests include diaspora formation, and the construction of racial and ethnic identities in the Caribbean, North America and Europe.

I am also interested in the visual arts of the African diaspora.


  • African Diaspora History, Caribbean History, and Visual Culture

MA Title:

  • "Haiti, everything you want it to be: the creation of cultural authenticities, 1940-1970"

Working Dissertation Title:

  • "Diaspora as Detour: Haitian émigrés during the Duvalier years, 1950s-1980s"


  • BA: Université François Rabelais
  • MA: Université François Rabelais
  • MA: UW Madison


  • Campus-wide Teaching Assistant Award for Innovation in Teaching
  • Tom W. Shick Award, for Excellence in the Study of African-American History

Professional Affiliations:

  • Society for Caribbean Studies
  • Caribbean Studies Association

Courses Taught as TA:

  • Introduction to African Art
  • Introduction to African American Art
  • Black Music and American Cultural History
  • American History to the Civil War Era
  • American History post 1865
  • History of the Caribbean and its diaspora

Courses Taught as Instructor:

  • Introduction to Afro-American Art
  • Artistic and Cultural Images of Black Women

Jeanne Essame

Jeanne Essame

Brenda Gayle Plummer