Chelsey Kivland

Chelsey L. Kivland is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. She writes and teaches about street politics, insecurity, and social performance in contemporary Haiti. Her first book, Street Sovereigns: Young Men and the Makeshift State in Urban Haiti (Cornell University Press, 2020), analyzes the potential and challenges of organizing politically in urban contexts characterized by poverty, violence, and governmental neglect. Her current book project explores changing notions of citizenship, statehood, and the social contract through an ethnography of criminal deportation from the United States to Haiti. She has also written about the artistic and performative aspects of urban political culture, including graffiti and carnival bands. All of this is done in an effort to kenbe fèm!--for us to "hold on tight" despite all the tribulations.

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Deported Yet Not Departed: How Do the Banished Reclaim Their Joy?

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Deported Yet Not Departed: How Do the Banished Reclaim Their Joy?

Richard is a thirty-seven-year-old man who was deported to Haiti from the United States in July 2020. As a nine-year-old, Richard fled Haiti with his mother in ... More

On Accidental Recoveries and Predictable Disasters: The Haitian Earthquake Three Years Later

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On Accidental Recoveries and Predictable Disasters: The Haitian Earthquake Three Years Later

On Saturday, January 12, 2013, I found myself in a traffic standstill on the outbound lanes of the George Washington Bridge in New York City. As the wind and th... More