Richard Lee Turits

Associate Professor of Africana Studies, History, and Latin American Studies

Office:: Blair 354
Email:: rturits@wm.edu

Background
Professor Turits is a historian of the Caribbean and Latin America, particularly the Hispanic Caribbean and Haiti. He is fluent in both Spanish and Haitian Creole. A graduate of Brown University, he received an M.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1997). He has taught at Princeton University and University of Michigan. His research interests focus on histories of race, slavery, violence, peasantries, and nondemocratic regimes. Professor Turits' current projects include a general history of the Caribbean with Laurent Dubois to be published by the University of North Carolina Press. He is also writing a book on the history of racial meanings in colonial Santo Domingo and the Dominican Republic in the national period within a broad comparative perspective.