Patrick Bellegarde-Smith

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith

Professor Emeritus

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Ph.D., The American University

Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship

Haitian Studies Association
November 11, 2010
Brown University

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Africana Religions

Research & Teaching Interests:

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith is a professor emeritus of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He obtained a Ph.D. from The American University in international studies and taught in that field. Later, he taught courses in both African-American and Women's Studies. His scholarship presently is in the areas of African and neo-African religious thought and social philosophy, with an emphasis on national and cultural identities. Bellegarde-Smith has authored, edited and co-edited five books on these subjects, and a large number of articles, notably In The Shadows of Power: Dantes Bellegarde in Haitian Social Thought; Haiti: The Breached Citadel, and Fragments of Bone: Neo-African Religions in the New World. Some of this work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and French. 

Bellegarde-Smith is the recipient of the Medaille Jean Price-Mars, Universite d'Etat d'Haiti, and of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship from the Haitian Studies Association. Currently, he is the President of the Congress of Santa Barbara (KOSANBA), a scholarly association for the study of Haitian Vodou, and the Vice-President (and President-elect) of the Haitian Studies Association. Additionally, he is an associate editor of the Journal of Haitian Studies, a member of the international editorial board of Kalfou: A journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Africana Religions. Also, Bellegarde-Smith is a oungan asogwe, a priest of Vodou.

Selected Publications:

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, In the Shadow of Powers: Dantѐs Bellegarde in Haitian Social Thought. (Humanities Press International, 1985).

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Dans l’ombre des grandes puissances: Dantѐs Bellegarde dans la pensée sociale haïtienne. (Montréal: CÌDÌHCA 2012).

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Haiti: The Breached Citadel (Totonto, CA: Canadian Scholars' Press, 2004 [Westview Press, 1990]).

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Haiti: La cuidadela vulnerada (Santiago: Oriente Editorial, 2004).

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, ed. Fragments of Bone: Neo-African Religions in a New World (Urbana: Illinois University Press, 2005).

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith and Claudine Michel, eds. Haitian Vodou: Spirit, Myth, Reality. (Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2006).

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith and Claudine Michel, organizadores. Vodu haitiano: espírito, mito e realidade. (Rio de Janeiro: Editora PALLAS 2011).

Claudine Michel and Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, eds. Invisible Powers: Vodou in Haitian Life and Culture (New York: Palgrave/MacMillan, 2006).

Other Resources

African Symbols: Adinkra and VèVè

Divine Haiti
Scholarly comments on books by Bellegarde-Smith
Bellegarde-Smith speaks at the University of the West Indies
Bellegarde-Smith speaks at York University
Bellegarde-Smith speaks at Haiti Bicentennial:
200 Years of Freedom, Hope and Struggle