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Mark Schuller
Mark Schuller is Associate Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership Development at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti. Supported by the National Science Foundation Senior and CAREER Grant, Bellagio Center, and others, Schuller’s research on NGOs, globalization, disasters, and gender in Haiti has been published in two dozen book chapters and peer-reviewed articles as well as public media. He is the author or co-editor of seven books, including Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti, Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs (winner, Margaret Mead Award), and Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake. He is co-director / co-producer of documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy. Schuller is co-editor of Berghahn Books’ Catastrophes in Context: a Series in Engaged Social Science on Disasters and University of Alabama Press’ NGOgraphies: a Series of Ethnographic Reflections of NGOs. He is board chair of the Lambi Fund of Haiti and active in several solidarity efforts.

Entries by Mark Schuller

Questions about Haiti for Tonight's Democratic Debate in Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 3:46 PM

Tonight, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders will be debating issues in Brooklyn, five days before the New York primary, the biggest single contest to date.

Brooklyn - and New York - are home to a large, diverse, and active Haitian community. In other states, such as...

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Behind the "Banana Man" - Haiti's Only Presidential Candidate

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 10:49 AM

by Jennifer Vansteenkiste and Mark Schuller

If nothing changes, Haiti is scheduled to have a run-off election this coming Sunday, January 24. Only one candidate is running, a situation that has received the blessing of the European Union, United States, Organization of...

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Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2016 | 11:05 PM

This Tuesday, the sixth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti came and went with little fanfare.

On the one hand, this could be a sign of moving on. As Gina Athena Ulysse has powerfully demonstrated, Haiti needs new narratives. Maybe the earthquake story has run...

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Preventing the Next Disaster in Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 8:42 AM

By Ellie Happel and Mark Schuller

The earthquake that rocked Port-au-Prince and killed hundreds of thousands of people six years ago today is often misrepresented as a principal cause of poverty in Haiti. Rather, the Goudougoudou, as the massive tremor is known to Haitians, unveiled and intensified the human suffering...

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100 Years of Occupation in Haiti -- Still Glittering as Gold

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 3:37 PM

Why would foreign agencies prefer ruling by decree, despite promoting democracy, as the previous post ended?

The first U.S. Occupation of Haiti in 1915 occurred while the European former colonial powers were at war with one another. One particular justification for the invasion was the threat of German...

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100 Years of Occupation in Haiti : Constitution Maybe Paper

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 4:46 PM

This is part 2 of a previous post...

A series of commemoration activities on Tuesday for 100 years of U.S. Occupation organized by the Mouvman Patriyotik Demokratik Popilè (the Patriotiic, Democratic, People's Movement) carried the theme, "with or without boots, the occupation still exists."

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100 years of Occupation in Haiti

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 3:54 PM

Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the U.S. Occupation of Haiti. On July 28, 1915, U.S. Marines landed on the shores of Haiti, occupying the country for 19 years.

Several college campuses, professional associations, social movements, and political parties are marking the occasion with...

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True Love: Where Do Your Chocolate Hearts Come From?

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 2:34 PM

Valentine's Day is around the corner. One of the ways in our consumer society we are encouraged to show our love is through buying chocolate. But is it true love on the other end?

Would it break our hearts to know that chocolate triggers civil war and trafficking in children?...

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Neighborhood Revitalization in Haiti Not a Moment Too Soon

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2012 | 11:31 AM

It was recently reported that work on neighborhood revitalization in Port-au-Prince is about to finally begin. This is both welcome and long overdue, since more progress needs to be made in neighborhood revitalization.

Striking Haiti on its way to the United States' eastern seaboard in late October,...

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What Wyclef Lays Bare for Monday's Foreign Policy Debate

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 10:14 AM

Before he bared all to celebrate his 43rd birthday on Thursday, which seemed to help promote his new book, Haitian hip hop star Wyclef Jean was caught not exposing certain facts about his charity.

Last Sunday's New York Times undressed Wyclef's charity, Yéle Haïti. Author...

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Haiti's Second Goudougoudou: The Global Food Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 2:06 PM

Having accompanied and translated for Haitian housing rights activist Reyneld Sanon on his recent trip to Washington, it became all too evident from many sectors: the State Department, Senate, USAID, or World Bank -- the ability to sell an image is often more important than the lived realities for Haiti's...

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Too Soon for Carnival: Sweeping Haiti's 400,000 Poor Back Under the Rug

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2012 | 4:32 PM

For those who haven't been to Haiti for a while, or for those who have never been but have seen the hell on earth portrayed in the media, the fact that Champs-de-Mars and other plazas in Port-au-Prince are no longer home to thousands of people is a symbol of progress....

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Chaos and Cholera: Haiti's Message to the Tea Party (and the Rest of Us)

(3) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 10:28 AM

This Tuesday, April 10, Rick Santorum, who had given Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney a serious run for his money, bowed out of the race, leaving the former Massachusetts governor the heir apparent, barring an unpredictable surge in Tea Party support for one of the two other remaining candidates....

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Did You Drink Soup? Strains on Solidarity in Haiti

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 2:28 PM

"Ou te bwe soup?" (Did you drink soup?) is one of the most common questions the days following the new year in Haiti.

This question refers to a tradition for January 1, also Haiti's independence day, when in 1804, former slaves for the first and only time in world...

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Smoke and Mirrors: Deflecting Attention Away From Failure in Haiti's IDP Camps

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 9:55 AM

In many senses the lack of progress following Haiti's earthquake centers on housing. Assessing the damage, a team evaluated 382,256 housing units in Port-au-Prince. Of these, 205,539 were tagged "green," ready for human habitation, 99,043 "yellow," requiring significant repair, and 77,674 "red," which were so damaged so as to require...

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Inactions Speaking Louder than Words: Hurricane Emily's Near-Miss Too Close for Haiti's IDPs

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 5:44 PM

By Mark Schuller and Mark Snyder

There is a Haitian proverb, se bouch ki manje tout manje, men se pa bouch ki pale tout pawòl, the mouth eats all the food, but not all talk comes from your mouth. In the U.S. we would say, actions speak louder than words....

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Rainy Season Exposes Precariousness of Haiti's Homeless Camps

(7) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 10:54 AM

Written with Mark Snyder

A thick and fetid coating of slick mud covers most of the streets in Port-au-Prince. Last night (June 6) it rained for the sixth night in a row. While it is too soon to confirm, last night's rain caused at least twenty-three deaths. At...

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The Shell Game of Haiti's Reconstruction

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 11:40 AM

On my first unsupervised trip on the subway to the city with high school friends to see a White Sox game, we were approached by a con artist. A group of suburban white kids decked to the nine in Sox paraphernalia, we were an easy mark. The point of the...

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Haiti One Year Later: Light at the End of the Tunnel or Oncoming Train?

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 8:28 AM

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that rocked the world. At least 230,000 people died during the quake. Thousands more have died since then.

People in the street I know like Reynald, Murielle, and Michaëlle plan on staying home or going to pray. Reynald lost both...

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Guest Blog: "Haiti's Unnatural Disasters"

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 10:53 AM

Haiti is being battered from every which direction, it seems.

People who have survived the earthquake now have to contend with a deadly outbreak of cholera, which evidence seems to indicate has come from Nepalese UN troops. Vulnerability to cholera was unfortunately highly predictable, given the

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