The Institute of Haitian Studies (IHS) celebrates Haiti’s importance in the Americas as the first Black republic, as well as its historical, geopolitical, and cultural connections to the United States.

The IHS — the only one of its kind in Kansas and in the Great Plains region — was founded in 1992 and is housed in the Department of African and African-American Studies (Bailey Hall, Room 11).

We support and promote Haitian Studies by:

  • Teaching Haitian Creole and Haitian culture
  • Coordinating lectures and conferences about Haiti and related topics
  • Making scholarly resources about Haiti, both online and in print, available for public use

You can learn more about Haitian culture, history, and art by exploring:

We are affiliated with KU’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean StudiesKansas African Studies Center, and School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Departmental Statements:

  • Statement in Support of FOKAL
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  • Tips for Avoiding "Voluntourism" in Haiti
    Statement from the Institute of Haitian Studies on Hurricane Matthew
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Call For Papers

Teaching Haiti Beyond Literature:
Intersectionalities of History, Literature and Culture
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