Affiliated Institutions

Wesleyan University

Gina Athena Ulysse earned her Ph.D. at University of Michigan in 1999. She is an associate professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She is also a poet, performance artist and multi-media artist. She is the author of Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importers, A Haitian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica (Chicago 2008). She recently completed Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle, a collection of post-quake dispatches, essays and meditations written between 2010-2012. She is currently developing, VooDooDoll, What if Haiti Were a Woman, a performance-installation project. Most recently, her writing has been published in Gastronomica, Souls and Transition. She also blogs periodically for Haitian Times, Huffington Post, Ms Magazine and Tikkun Daily

Areas of Research

representation, performance, black diaspora


Gina Athena Ulysse. “VooDooDoll What if Haïti were a Woman: On ti Travay sou 21 Pwen or An Alter(ed)native in Something Other than Fiction.” Transition 111, no. 1 (2013): 104-112.

Gina Athena Ulysse. “La Bouyi Bannann” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies. Vol. 13, No. 2, Summer 2013

Rasanblé: Critical Reflections on Lenelle Moise’s Womb-Words Thirsting. Souls A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. Vol 15, Issue 1-2, 2013 Special Issue: Black Protest, Politics, and Forms of Resistance



VooDooDoll, What if Haiti were a Woman

An avant garde meditation on coercion and consent inspired by Gédé the Haitian Vodou spirit of life and death. This installation-performance project intersperses Haiti's geopolitical history, statistics, theory with material referents and Vodou chants


On What (Not) to Tell: Haiti, Feminism and Reflexivity

Collection of essays