Nadège T. Clitandre

Associate Professor
Associate Director of the Division of Social Sciences Faculty Mentoring Program
Undergraduate Director
Faculty Diversity Officer to the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Chair of Global Studies DEI Committee

Office Hours

Fall 2023: Wednesdays 1pm-3pm
and by Appointment

Office Location

SSMS 2123


  • African Diaspora
  • Caribbean literature
  • Post-colonial Literature
  • Haitian literature, culture, history
  • Gender and transnationalism
  • Migration and identity
  • Anti-colonialism and Decoloniality


  • Ph.D., African Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2009)
  • M.A., African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2003)
  • M.A., Humanities, University of Chicago (2000)
  • B.A. English Literature, Hampton University (1999)


Nadège T. Clitandre is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where she holds affiliate appointments in the Department of Black Studies and the Comparative Literature Program. She is the author of Edwidge Danticat: The Haitian Diasporic Imaginary (2018) and co-editor of two volumes: The Bloomsbury Handbook to Edwidge Danticat (2021) and Remembrance: Loss, Hope, Recovery after the Earthquake in Haiti (2016). Clitandre is the recipient of the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009) and the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (2004).Clitandre is also the founder of Haiti Soleil, a nonprofit organization that focuses on engaging youth and building community through the development of libraries in Haiti.


Clitandre works on theoretical frameworks of the African Diaspora and articulations of the global imaginary. She examines the linked relationship among migration, displacement, and transnationalism with a particular focus on Haiti and Haitian diasporic literature. Her teaching interests include diaspora as concept, anticolonial literature and decolonial struggles, postcolonial Caribbean Women’s literature, the cultural contours of globalization, and NGO and Humanitarian intervention in Haiti post-earthquake. Her next project explores the concept of exceptionalism.



Haiti Sustainable Development Collaborative (Carrefour-Feuilles Redevelopment Project):

Haitian Migrants in Latin America Research project, a Haitian Studies Initiatives project at The Center for the Global Study of Race, Inequality and Justice


Review of Approaches to Teaching the Work of Edwidge Danticat, H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences (H-Haiti, March 2023)

"A Soulful Life at Work” Foreword in Narrating History, Home and Dyaspora: Critical Essays on Edwidge Danticat. Eds. Maia L Butler et Al., University Press of Mississippi, 2022.

"Notes on Radical Hope; or, The Ethical Turn in Anthropology." Small Axe 1 November 2021; 25 (3 (66)): 186–198.
"The Paradox of Haiti in African DIaspora Studies" African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal vol 13.3, 2020.
Edwidge Danticat: The Haitian Diasporic Imaginary. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018.
Remembrance: Loss, Hope, Recovery after the Earthquake in Haiti (co-editor). CBSR: Multicultural Women's Presence Collective, 2016.
"Mapping the Echo Chamber: Edwidge Danticat and the Thematic Trilogy of Birth, Separation and Death,” Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, Volume 3.2, Fall/Winter 2014.
“Silence and False Starts in Times of Disaster,” Afro-Hispanic Review, Volume 32.2, Fall 2013.
Haitian Exceptionalism in the Caribbean and the Project of Rebuilding Haiti,” Journal of Haitian Studies 12.2 (2011) 146-153.
“Diaspora of Home, Terror and Despair in the Writings of Edwidge Danticat” Violence and Transgression in World Minority Literatures, Rudiger Ahrens, Maria Herrera-Sobek, Karen Ikas, Francisco A. Lomeli (eds). Germany: Universitatsverlag Winter GmbH, 2005.
“Reformulating Haitian Literature Transnationally: Identifying New and Revised Tropes of Haitian Identity in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory.”  Journal of Haitian Studies 9.2. (2003) 90-110.
“Body and Voice as Sites of Oppression: The Psychological Condition of the Displaced Post-Colonial Haitian Subject in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones.” Journal of Haitian Studies 7.2 (2001) 28-49.



  • Global Diasporas and Cultural Change (104)
  • Global Linkages of the African Diaspora (Global 146)
  • Haiti: Local Realities Global Influences (Global 147)
  • Caribbean Women Writers and Migratory Subjects (Global 148)
  • Global Ethics and Culture ( Global 110)


  • The Human in Humanitarian Aid (Special Topics)
  • Global Culture, Ideology and Religion (Global 222)
  • Theories of Diaspora: Migration, Identity, Culture (Global 254)