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Richard Lee Turits

College of William & Mary

Richard Lee Turits is a historian of the Caribbean and Latin America, particularly the Hispanic Caribbean and Haiti. A graduate of Brown University, he received an M.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research and teaching have focused on histories of race, slavery, violence, peasantries, nondemocratic regimes, and U.S. empire. Turits is the author of Freedom Roots: Histories from the Caribbean (University of North Carolina Press, 2019), written with Laurent Dubois, and Foundations of Despotism: Peasants, the Trujillo Regime, and Modernity in Dominican History (Stanford University Press, 2003). The latter received the John Edwin Fagg Prize of the American Historical Association and the Bolton-Johnson Prize of the Conference on Latin American History and was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

Bio Feb 2020