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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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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Thursday, June 05, 2014
Haiti “Open for Business,” Like it or Not
Recently Haiti President Michel Martelly celebrated his third year in office. He gained wide support from the U.S. on his election platform which persists as his administration’s slogan: “Haiti is open for business.” Three days after his inauguration, Martelly landed at Île à Vache’s Abaka Bay...
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Saturday, June 18, 2011
Between the Storms? Thousands of Haitian IDPs Are Still at Risk of Forced Eviction
The rains have stopped, for now. In the past couple of days a ‘tropical depression’ has hovered over Haiti, bringing high winds blowing dust and a slight break in the 100-plus temperatures. But as everyone knows, the hurricane season is far from over. At the slightest sign of drizzle, such as Thursday afternoon, street vendors pack their things and run for shelter. As the storm a couple of weeks ago dramatizes, rain can kill. For the many still living in Haiti’s internally-displaced people (IDP) camps, it is much the same thing.
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Friday, January 15, 2010
Starfish and Seawalls: Responding to Haiti’s Earthquake, Now and Long-Term
I was not in Haiti for the earthquake. Like everyone I know who has family, friends, or colleagues in Haiti, I was glued to the internet and Skype, desperate for word from our loved ones. Word began to trickle in last night. Far too many people do not have access to a cell phone (which would require electricity, both for the network and for their individual phone), to say the least about the internet. Words cannot describe the destruction that the 7.0 earthquake just outside of Port-au-Prince. The loss is frankly incalculable.
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Sunday, June 28, 2009
Haiti's Elections: 'Beat the Dog too Hard...'
(Port-au-Prince) Today was the final round of elections for a third of the Senate in Haiti. I woke up with a start as several UN helicopters zoomed to and from downtown from uphill. Given this week's events, I feared the worst. As it turns out, it was nothing.
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