Mark Schuller

Mark Schuller

Mark Schuller is Associate Professor of at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti. Schuller’s research on NGOs, globalization, disasters, and gender in Haiti has been published in thirty book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. Schuller is the author or co-editor of seven books—including Capitalizing on Catastrophe: Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster ReconstructionHumanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti—and co-director / co-producer of documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy. Recipient of the Margaret Mead Award, Schuller is the board chair of the Lambi Fund of Haiti and active in several solidarity efforts.

 

 

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A scene from Les Cayes, Haiti, in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the category 4 storm which made landfall in the country on 4 October 2016. (Photo: UN/Logan Abassi/flickr/cc) Views
Sunday, September 03, 2017
Dumb and Dumber: Foregrounding Climate Justice from Harvey to Haiti’s Matthew
Yes, to not ask questions about climate change is indeed dumb , as Senator Sanders pointed out. It is dumber to not also question the current global economic system and policies perpetuating racial inequalities. The conversation must shift toward climate justice . We cannot pretend to be surprised...
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"The real disaster of Hurricane Matthew is still unfolding." Views
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Chronicling a Forgotten Disaster: Hurricane Matthew, Ten Months On
I just returned from my summer research in Haiti, traveling through the South and Grand-Anse provinces, which were devastated by Hurricane Matthew overnight on October 4, 2016, barely ten months ago. Visitors to the Grand-Anse whose only experience of Haiti is the West department, which houses Port...
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Saturday, June 03, 2017
With Attention Elsewhere, Healthcare for Millions Still at Risk
Wendy and Rich, a white working-class couple from Crystal River, Florida, signed up for Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) coverage last year primarily because they wanted to avoid paying the penalty. “We weren’t against it,” Wendy recalls. “We just thought we were healthy.” Circumstances...
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
'You Live Under Fear': 50,000 Haitian People at Risk of Deportation Under Trump
“With TPS, it’s like you live under fear,” thirty-something aspiring nurse Michaëlle explained. “You don’t know what’s going to happen. I live with stress because of that.” Michaëlle’s situation just got worse on April 20, when Trump’s immigration agency recommended ending Temporary Protected...
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Monday, April 10, 2017
Undocumented Youth Seek Solidarity and Sanctuary
“My anxiety level is rising, I’ve had difficulty sleeping. I’ve had difficulty talking with my siblings,” said Laura Vivaldo, senior political science major at Northern Illinois University. Like an estimated eleven million others in the U.S., Laura is undocumented. Laura continues: “I question my...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
End of an Empire? A View of Clinton's Loss and Trump's Triumph from Haiti
Last week, at Northern Illinois University where I teach, there was a discussion aimed at addressing the issue of safety for our most vulnerable students: people of color, especially Black students and undocumented students (who, at NIU, mostly come from Mexico), as well as women and LGBTQI...
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Monday, November 07, 2016
As World Looks Elsewhere, Haiti’s Disaster Just Beginning
I returned from my shortest trip to Haiti last week, back to DeKalb, Illinois, an agribusiness hub, hosting Nestle and Monsanto processing plants. Most cornfields have been harvested. The Cubs won the world series for the first time in 108 years . Another of Illinois’ home grown, Hillary Rodham...
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Monday, October 10, 2016
Rebuilding Haiti, One Commune at a Time: Experience from Haitian People in Zabriko and Elsewhere
As Hurricane Matthew continued onto the U.S., the waters receded in Haiti, and it became apparent that the damage in Haiti was immense. Just like many people who either are Haitian or work in Haiti, I’ve been asked by people who want to help for recommendations. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t...
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Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Hurricane Matthew in Haiti: Looking Beyond the Disaster Narrative
Well-meaning people have either emailed or texted me over the past couple of days, with some variant of “how are things going in Haiti?” Short of people’s prayers, and the question, “is everyone you know ok?” How indeed to respond? Hurricane Matthew is a Category 4, meaning that winds are gusting...
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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Questions about Haiti for Tonight’s Democratic Debate in Brooklyn
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 Florida, Senator Sanders...
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