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A hub for public scholarship

The Forum extends into communities around the world, thanks to the broad reach of our advisors, partners, collaborators, fellows, and participants.

Our Team

Laurent Dubois, Ph.D.

Professor of Romance Studies and History & Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars and Publics

Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of six books, including Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004) and A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (2004), which won four book prizes including the Frederick Douglass Prize, and Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2012). He has also written about the politics of soccer, with Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France (2010), and is the founding editor of the Soccer Politics Blog. His most recent book is The Banjo: America's African Instrument (2016). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, and a Mellon New Directions Fellowship. He is also involved in several Digital Humanities projects, including the Soccer Politics blog and the Banjology website. His writings have appeared in The NationThe New YorkerSports IllustratedThe New RepublicThe New York TimesThe Los Angeles Times, and Slate. He tweets as @Soccerpolitics.

Margaret L. (Lou) Brown, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scholar & Director of Programs

Margaret Lou Brown has worked for the last twenty years in interdisciplinary program development and community engagement. She holds a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also taught and developed education and outreach programs in Anthropology, American Culture Studies, Social Thought and Analysis, and the Center for New Institutional Social Sciences. At Duke, she has coordinated the academic programs for the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Certificate Program and the Ethics Certificate Program and managed education and outreach programming for the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She enjoys working with students and faculty to develop models for integrating student learning, research, and public outreach, and has collaborated on a variety of research projects in Madagascar, the United States, and Nepal. She tweets as @EthnoTopics.

Eliza Bourque Dandridge, Ph.D.

Director of Communications

For the past two decades, Eliza Bourque Dandridge has provided media design and development and communications management to start-ups, corporations, universities, and small businesses. She also holds Master’s degrees in History and French and a Ph.D. from Duke in French and Francophone Studies. Her doctoral research explored how the myths and stories of empire linking North Africa, Europe, and the United States continue to shape how we view ourselves and others, urban and rural space, and resistance, and she remains interested in popular and visual cultures and the histories of empire and race. She brings research expertise in French-language comics or bande dessinée and an interdisciplinary focus to her engagement inside and outside of the classroom.

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