Bertin M. Louis, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a 2013 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Travel Grant Award recipient, and a 2012 American Anthropological Association Leadership Fellow. Dr. Louis studies the growth of Protestant forms of Christianity among Haitians transnationally, which is featured in his forthcoming New York University Press book, “My Soul is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas (2014).” He also studies stateless Bahamians of Haitian Descent. Dr. Louis teaches courses in Africana Studies and Cultural Anthropology and he received his PhD in 2008 from the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in Saint Louis. Dr. Louis also informs students, faculty, and the public about Haitian history and culture. Since the Haiti earthquake, he has appeared on WATE-6 News at 5:30, Tennessee This Week, The George Korda Radio Show, The Hubert Smith Radio Show and UT Today. He also created the FOCUS ON HAITI website for the Association of Black Anthropologists, which serves as the main Haiti informational website for the American Anthropological Association. Dr. Louis’s published work appears in several peer-reviewed journals such as Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, The Journal of Haitian Studies, The Journal of African American Studies, Transforming Anthropology, the Greenwood Press publication Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans, and the Social Science Research Council’s THE IMMANENT FRAME blog. Most recently, he was interviewed by USA Today’s White House reporter on President Obama and Race and created the #ShamelesslyHaitian hashtag on Twitter in celebration of Haitian Independence Day (January 1).
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