Dr. Celucien Joseph

Celucien Joseph, PhD, PhD

Professor of African & African-American Studies
Race & Religion Specialist
International Experience: Haiti, USA & Zambia





Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Systematic Theology & Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Literary Studies, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX
  • Master of Theology, New Testament, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
  • Master of Divinity, Biblical & Theological Studies, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • Master of Arts, French Language & Literature, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Bachelor of Arts, Theology, Baptist College of Florida, Graceville, FL

University of Texas at Dallas Doctoral Dissertation

  • The Haitian Turn: Haiti, the Black Atlantic, and Black Transnational Consciousness

University of Pretoria Doctoral Dissertation

  • Faith, Hope, and the Poor: The Theological Ideas and Moral Vision of Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Academic Experiences 

  • Assistant Professor of English, Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL, USA
  • Adjunct Professor of English Language and Literature, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL, USA
  • Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary: South Florida Extension Center, Hialeah, Florida, USA
  • French Instructor, Upward Bound Summer Program, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX, USA

Teaching Specializations

  • Postcolonial Critical Theory and Literature
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Liberation Theology; Constructive Theologies
  • African Religions in the Diaspora
  • Theology and Race; Theology and Culture; Theology and Anthropology
  • Race and Reconciliation
  • Black Internationalism
  • Comparative Literature and Culture of the Black Diaspora
  • Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean Literature
  • Francophone and Anglophone African Literature
  • African American Literature and Intellectual History 

Professional Activities and Services

  • Manuscript reviewer: African Studies Review (2010-Present); Journal of Black Studies (2012-Present); SAGE (2012-Present)
  • Editorial Member: The Journal of Pan African Studies (2014-Present)
  • Chair and Moderator: Session on “Race, Mixed Race, and the Question of the Human,” Caribbean Philosophical Association, Miami, August 2009
  • Chair: Session on “Religion and Africana Studies,” National Council for Black Studies, Atlanta, March 2012
  • Editorial Member: The Journal of Pan African Studies (2014-Present)
  • General Editor and Curator: Haiti: Then and Now (http://www.haitithenandnowhtn.com)
  • Graduate Supervision, Membership of Doctoral Dissertation Committee (External Reader) (Florida Atlantic University) Susan Charlotte Ladd, “ZAFÈ NEG SE MISTÈ: A Grounded Theory Study of End-of-Life Decision Making for Haitian. American Families in South Florida” (March 2015) 

Presentations

  • “Deliver us from Evil: The Ecological Crisis and the Problem of Theodicy and Human Suffering in Jacques Roumain's ""Gouverneurs de la Rosee"" (Masters of the Dew)”, Haitian Studies Association (Cap Haitien, Haiti)—November 10-12, 2016
  • “Between Two Worlds: Price-Mars, Haiti, and Africa” (Panel organizer), Roundable Discussion Participants: Celucien L. Joseph, Jean-Eddy Saint Paul, Jhon Picard Byron, and Glodel Mezilas, Haitian Studies Association (Cap Haitien, Haiti)—November 10-12, 2016
  • “Edwidge Danticat and the Haitian Experience through Diasporic Literature” (NEA Big Read: Faculty Book Club (Brother, I’m Dying, Chapters 1-3)—Institute For Academic Excellence of IRSC Indian River State College (Fort Pierce, Fl)—September 8, 2016
  • “Beyond Ethnic Blackness: The Practice of Black Intertextuality,” Haiti: Then and Now Roundable Discussion Participants: Celucien L. Joseph, Bertin Louis Jr., Leslie Alexander, and Curtis Alexander, Caribbean Studies Association (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)—June 5-11, 2016
  • “Redefining Cultural, National, and Religious Identity : the Christian-Vodouist Dialogue?,” Université d’État d’Haïti (Le protestantisme en Haïti et dans sa « diaspora »)—June 16 & 17, 2016
  • “What are they Saying About Vodou?: The Christian-Vodouist Tradition or Dialogue,” Latin American Center (University of Florida)—November 12, 2015 (Gainesville, Fl)
  • National Council for Black Studies—March 11-14, 2015 (Los Angeles, California)
    • “Le Mal d’Haiti: Roots of Haiti’s Economic Woes, Underdevelopment, and Dysfunctional Civil Society”
    • “What are they Saying about Vodou? Dantès Bellegarde, Chrisitian civilization , and the Problem of the Vodou Religion”
    • “Joseph Antenor Firmin (1850-1911): His Life, Ideas, and Legacy”
    • “The Life and Legacy of Antenor Firmin of Haiti,” Roundable Discussion Participants: Gershom Omowale William, Celucien L. Joseph, Julian Kunnie
    • “Haiti: Then and Now,” Panel Participants: Mariah Bender, Saint Louis University; Leslie Alexander, The Ohio State University; Celucien L. Joseph, Indian River State College; Bertin M. Louis, The University of Tennessee “Explorations of Activism and Social Change” (Chair)
  • Ethnology Conference—November 19-21, 2014 (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) (Invited Guest-Speaker)
    • “Vodou and Religious Metissage in the Religious Philosophy of Jean Price-Mars: A Postcolonial Perspective”
    • “The Problem and Impossibility of Vodou Religion in the Writings of Dantès Bellegarde’’
  • National Council for Black Studies (Conference)—March 05-08, 2014 (Miami, Fl)
    • “Revisiting Jacques Roumain ‘s Marxism, the Haitian Underclass, and Black Radical Tradition”
    • “Antenor Firmin, the Egyptian Question, and Afrocentric Imagination,” Indian River State College (Conference)— February 27, 2014
  • Black History Month Closing Event/Theme : “Dreaming the Same Dream : The Black Diaspora Experiences”
    • “The Haitian-American Experience in the United States”
  • Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, Irving, TX, March 2013
    • “Faith, Secular Humanism, and Development: A Reading of Jacques Roumain’s Religious Sensibility and Marxist Rhetoric”
  • Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Tallahassee (Florida State University), February 2013
    • “Until Haiti Struck for Freedom: Frederick Douglass’ Freedom Discourse and the Haitian Revolution”
  • National Council for Black Studies, Atlanta, March 2012.
    • “Canon Formation and the Making of Black Atlantic Literary Culture: The Contribution of Black Anthologies”
  • National Council for Black Studies, Atlanta, March 2012.
    • “The Religious Philosophy of Jean Price-Mars”
  • Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, March 2012.
    • “Langston Hughes’s Perspective on Religion and His Critiques of Christianity” 
  • Research, Art, Writing (RAW) Symposium, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, April 2009.
    • “The Rhetoric of Prayer: Dutty Boukman
    • “The Discourse of Freedom from Below”
    • "The Politics of God”
  • Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, March 2011.
    • “Darkening the Divine, Fashioning a “Black God’: The prayer of Dutty Boukman Revisited” 
  • National Council for Black Studies, New Orleans, March 2011.
    • “Haiti, the Black Atlantic, and Black Transnationalism: The Cosmopolitan Contours of Black Intellectual Thought and Culture”
    • “Performing black transnational solidarity: memory and representation of the Haitian Revolution in the Works of the Negritude Writers”
  • National Council for Black Studies, New Orleans, March 2010.
    • “The Silence of a Revolution: Recent Scholarship on the Haitian Revolution”
    • “Confluences and Confrontations: The Haitian Indigenism and the African-American Harlem Renaissance”
  • Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia November 2010.
    • “Theologizing The Black Atlantic, Black Liberation Theology In A Cosmopolitan Context: From Dutty Boukman to James Cone"
    •  “Against the state, against the Catholic Church hierarchy in Haiti: Aristide’s Theological activism on behalf of the poor”
  • National Council for Black Studies, Atlanta, March, 2009.
    • “Black Culture & Identity in Senghorian Negritude”
  • Research, Art, Writing (RAW) Symposium, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, April 2009.
    • “Mourning Poets: The Poetics of Lament-and-Alienation in Aime Cesaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal and Langston Hughes’ Afro-American Fragments”
  • Department of Modern Languages Graduate and Faculty Symposium, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, April 2009.
    • “Mourning Poets: The Poetics of Lament-and-Alienation in Aime Cesaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal and Langston Hughes’ Afro-American Fragments”
  • Caribbean Philosophical Association, Miami, August 2009
    • “The Haitian Revolution: The Poetics of Memory and Representation in Cesairian Negritude”
  • Caribbean Philosophical Association, Miami, August 2009 Chair and Moderator,
    • “Race, Mixed Race, and the Question of the Human
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Cincinnati, September-October 2009.
    • “All Blacks Welcome: Transnational Citizenry through the Haitian Revolution”
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Cincinnati, September-October 2009.
    • “Frantz Fanon’s Theory of “Revolutionary Humanism:” Implications for Decolonization”

Publications:  Books

  • Race, Religion, and The Haitian Revolution: Essays on Faith, Freedom, and Decolonization (2012)
  • From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Race, and Religion in Haitian Thought (2013)
  • Haitian Modernity and Liberative Interruptions: Discourse on Race, Religion, and Freedom (2013)
  • God Loves Haiti (2015)
  • Radical Humanism and Generous Tolerance: Soyinka on Religion and Human Solidarity
  • Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination, edited Celucien L. Joseph & Nixon Cleophat (2016)
  • Vodou in the Haitian Experience: A Black Atlantic Perspective edited by, Celucien L. Joseph & Nixon Cleophat (2016)

Publications:  Journals

  • “How Did People in the High Middle Ages Treat Their Children? A Look at Medieval Children through the Eyes of the Church?” University of Louisville: The Medieval Scholar, Critical Issues of the High Middle Ages: 1000-1350 (2005): 1-13.
  • “The Rhetoric of Prayer: Dutty Boukman, The Discourse of “Freedom from Below,” and the Politics of God,” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion 2:9 (June 2011):1-33.
  • “The Religious Imagination and Ideas of Jean Price-Mars (Part 1),” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion 2:14 (December 2011):1-31.
  • “’The Haitian Turn’: Haiti, the Black Atlantic, and Black Transnational Consciousness” (Thesis Abstract) West Africa Review (January 2012).
  • “Prophetic Religion, Violence, and Black Freedom: Reading Makandal’s Project of Black Liberation through A Fanonian postcolonial lens of decolonization and theory of revolutionary humanism,” Black Theology: An International Journal (2012): 9:3.
  • “Faith, Secular Humanism, and Development: A Reading of Jacques Roumain’s Religious Sensibility and Marxist Rhetoric,” Journal of Postcolonial Networks, Volume 3 Issue 1 (June 2013):1-50. 
  • “’The Haitian Turn’: An Appraisal of Recent Literary and Historiographical Works on the Haitian Revolution,” The Journal of Pan African Studies, 5:6 (September 2012):37-55.
  • “The Rhetoric of Suffering, Hope, and Redemption in Masters of the Dew: A Rhetorical and Politico-Theological Analysis of Manuel as Peasant-Messiah and Redeemer,” Memphis Theological Seminary Journal, 51 (2012):1-36.
  • “The Religious Philosophy of Jean Price-Mars,” Journal of Black Studies 43:6 (September 2012):620-645.
  • “Prophetic Religion, Violence, and Black Freedom: Reading Makandal’s Project of Black Liberation through A Fanonian postcolonial lens of decolonization and theory of revolutionary humanism,” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion 3:4 (August 2012):1-30. 
  • “Memory, the Spirit of the Revolution, and Slave Religion: The Representation of the Haitian Revolution in Langston Hughes’s Emperor of Haiti,” Journal of Postcolonial Theory and Theology 4:1 (April 2013): 1-35..
  • “Antenor Firmin, the ‘Egyptian Question’ and the Afrocentric Imagination. The Journal of Pan African Studies. Great African-Centered Thinker: Antenor Firmin, 1850-1911: Africologist, Anthropologist, Egyptologist, Haitian Diplomat, Pan Africanist: Special Edition (Winter 2014): 119-171.
  • “The Problem of and Impossibility of Vodou in the Writings of Dantes Bellegarde,” The Journal of Pan African Studies 6:8 (March 2014):1-24.
  • “Toward a Politico-Theology of Relationality: Justice as Solidarity and the Poor in Aristide's Theological Imagination,” Toronto School of Theology 30: 2 (December 2014): 269-300.
  • “Introduction, Rethinking Wole Soyinka: 80 Years of Protracted Engagement,” The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.8, no. 5 September 2015), 1-12.
  • “The Arrogance of Faith and Religious Imperialism: Soyinka’s Radical Theistic Humanism and Generous Tolerance,”The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.8, no. 5 September 2015), 19-63.
  • “Wole Soyinka: Chronology and Selected Bibliography,” The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.8, no. 5 September 2015), 190-195.
  • Special Guest Editor “Wole Soyinka: 80 Years of Protracted Engagement,” The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.8, no. 5 September 2015), 1-195.
  • ““Shipwreck of Faith”: The Religious Vision and Ideas of Wole Soyinka,” Toronto School of Theology, 32: 1 (2016): 51-69.
  • “Rethinking Cultural, National, and Religious Identity: The Christian-Vodouist Dialogue?” ( forthcoming in September 2016, Theology Today)

Publications:  Encyclopedia Articles

  • Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia, General Editors: Dr. Carlos E. Cortés,“African American Episcopal Church,” “The Souls of Black Folk,” and “Afrocentricism” (published in 2014)
  • Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity edited by Lindwood H. Cousins and J. Geoffrey Golson, “Haitian-Americans” (published in 2015)
  • Vodou Encyclopedia for ABC-Clio Press edited by Jeffrey Anderson, “Dutty Boukman,” “J.C. Dorsainvil,” “Jean Price-Mars,” “Bondye,” and “Patrick Bellegarde-Smith” (published in 2015)
  • Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography edited Henry Louis Gates, “Rene Philoctete,” “Laennec Hurbon,” and “Franketienne” (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Publications:  Book Reviews

  • The African Writers Series & the Launch of African Literature by James Currey (Athens: Ohio UP, 2008). Callaloo 33:1 (2010): 359-361.
  • The Gospel of John and Christian Theology by Richard Bauckham & Carl Mosser (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008). Themelios 35:1 (2010): 1-3.
  • Race: A Theological Account by J. Kameron Carter (New York: Oxford UP, 2008). Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion 1: 1 (2010): 1-5.
  • Coming Together in the 21st Century: The Bible's Message in an Age of Diversity by Paul DeYoung Curtiss (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2009). Review of Biblical Literature 9/2010 (2010): 1-5 [http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/7359_8019.pdf]
  • Artists, Performers, and Black Masculinity in the Haitian Diaspora by Jana Evans Braziel (Bloomington: UP, 2008). The Journal of Haitian Studies 15:1 & 2 (2009):365-369.
  • Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment by Nick Nesbitt (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008). Callaloo 33:4 (2010):1132-1134.
  • Magnifying God in Christ: A Summary of New Testament Theology by Thomas R. Schreiner (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010). Stone-Campbell Journal 14:1 (2011): 129-131.
  • From Du Bois to Obama: African American Intellectuals in the Public Forum by Charles Pete Banner-Haley (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2011). The Western Journal of Black Studies 35:3 (2011):219-222.
  • God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology by James M. Hamilton (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010) MJTM 13 (2011-2012):1-4.
  • Divine Discontent: The Religious Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois by Jonathan S. Kahn. Callaloo 35:2 (2012):537-541.
  • Carnival and National Identity in the Poetry of Afrocubanismo by Thomas F. Anderson. Callaloo 36:2 (2013): 498-500.
  • The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti by Kate Ramsey. Journal of Haitian Studies 18 :2 (2012) : 279-283.
  • The Fear of French Negroes by Sarah E. Johnson. Callaloo 38 :1 (2015): 231-234.
  • Elusive Origins: The Enlightenment in the Modern Caribbean Historical Imagination by Paul B. Miller. Caribbean Literature Journal
  • Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography by Randal Maurice Jelks. American Studies 53:4(2014): 121-123.

Membership in Academic Organizations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • African Studies Association
  • Caribbean Philosophical Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • National Council for Black Studies
  • The Haitian Studies Association
  • Caribbean Studies Association 

Languages

  • English:  Fluent proficiency
  • French:  Fluent proficiency
  • Haitian Creole:  Fluent proficiency
  • Spanish:  Reading knowledge