Erin L Durban
Erin Durban is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, affiliated with Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies and American Studies. They are an interdisciplinary scholar who is the former managing editor of Feminist Formations (the NWSA Journal) and has published articles and reviews in American Anthropologist, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Feminist Formations, Transgender Studies Quarterly, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, The Journal of Haitian Studies, Films for the Feminist Classroom, American Ethnologist, The Feminist Wire, The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, and Anthropology News. *** Durban’s book, The Sexual Politics of Empire: Postcolonial Homophobia in Haiti (University of Illinois Press), was awarded the National Women’s Studies Association–UIP First Book Prize. It focuses on the gender and sexual politics of French colonialism and American imperialism in Haiti. The Sexual Politics of Empire chronicles contests between two transnational social movements in Haiti—evangelical Christianity and LGBTQI human rights—and Haitian mobilizations of antihomophobic politics. *** Durban co-edited a special issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory titled “Nou Mach Ansanm (We Walk Together): Queer Haitian Performance and Affiliation” with Dasha A. Chapman and Mario LaMothe. The special issue followed a symposium at Duke University on gender, sexuality, and performance in Haiti curated by Chapman, and it is the first edited collection of scholarship in queer Haitian studies. *** Durban has two ongoing research projects. The first, “Plastic Futures: Transnational Engagements with Waste, Recycling, & Toxicity in Haiti,” brings together queer and trans theory, critical disability studies, and black studies to analyze plastic work and how people live everyday lives with plastic in the Anthropocene. The second, "An Ethnography of University Grove," is a collaborative project with Professor Miranda Joseph (GWSS) as well as approximately two dozen undergraduate and graduate students at UMN. The project is an experiment in accessible ethnographic research methods as well as an ethnography of the university that considers the legacy of building an all-white faculty neighborhood on the UMN St. Paul campus in the 1930s.