Date of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


LACS: French Studies

First Advisor

Karen Humphreys


This thesis thus explores the relation between different social groups with regards to the Haitian Diaspora in the United States. There are two dynamics of this relation that would be analyzed which are: 1) the relation between those in the diaspora and the mother country and 2) the relations among Haitians and other racial groups within the United States, particularly Afro-Americans and other West Indians. Many Haitians go as far as to assume a French identity for they believe that being French, which is usually associated with whiteness would set them apart from other black. This research thus explores this fluidity in identity assimilation that Haitians undergo in order create a new identity in the diaspora that would better assist in the reconstruction of a new life away from the motherland.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in French Studies.