Nathan H. Dize is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University where he specializes in Haitian literature and history. His dissertation, currently entitled “Mortuary Poetics: Power and the Performance of Mourning in the Haitian Literary Imaginary,” explores how Haitian writers and artists revivify the dead through creative acts of mourning to challenge official memories and mythologies of the Haitian past. Nathan holds Master of Arts degrees in Modern French Studies from Vanderbilt (2017) and the University of Maryland (2016) and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and French Languages and Literatures (2013) from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also completed an advanced certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (2013) at the University of Maryland. Nathan has taught French and English language and literature courses at the University of Maryland, the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and Vanderbilt University. He has also been a teaching assistant for introductory Haitian Creole (Kreyòl) at Vanderbilt.
Nathan’s other areas of specialization are Digital Humanities and Translation Studies. He is a content curator, translator, and editor of A Colony in Crisis: The Saint-Domingue Grain Shortage of 1789. He is also the co-editor of the H-Haiti series “Haiti in Translation,” which interviews translators of Haitian writing. Nathan has published articles, reviews, and translations in journals such as sx archipelagos, the Journal of Haitian Studies, Francosphères, SX Salon, Contemporary French Civilization, and the Haitian History Journal of which he is also an advisory board member.
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