Laurent Dubois

Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. He is the author of Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004), 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 written about music and cultural history, in The Banjo: America’s African Instrument, published by Harvard University Press in 2016. The research on this book was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, and a Mellon New Directions Fellowship. 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 Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer (Basic Books, 2018). His writings have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, The New York Times, Aeon, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and Slate. He tweets @Soccerpolitics.