Celucien L. Joseph is an interdisciplinary scholar, researcher, and educator with a liberative intent. He is an associate professor of English at Indian River State College. He holds a PhD in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas and a PhD in Theology and Ethics from the University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa). His writings engage various fields of learning such as history, literature, anthropology, religion, race relations, and history of ideas. In particular, he is an intellectual historian, a literary scholar, and Christian theologian whose research and teaching specialties include Haitian Intellectual History and Literature, Postcolonial Theory and Literature, Religion and Race, Religion and Culture, Liberation Theology, Theological Ethics and Anthropology, Comparative History, Literature, and Culture of the African Diaspora, African American Intellectual History and Literature. He is the author of numerous popular and academic books; his books have been published in English, Kreyol, and French. Some of his publications include Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edwidge Danticat (2019), Between Two Worlds: Jean Price-Mars, Haiti, and Africa (2018), Vodou in the Haitian Experience: A Black Atlantic Perspective (2018), Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination (2018), Thinking in Public: Faith, Secular Humanism, and Development in Jacques Roumain (2017), etc. His books From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Race, and Religion in Haitian Thought (2013), and Haitian Modernity and Liberative Interruptions: Discourse on Race, Religion, and Freedom (2013) received Honorable Mention at The Pan African International 2014 Book Awards. Dr. Joseph is a board member of Haitian Studies Association, a member of the editorial board of Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies, and a frequent reviewer of manuscripts for various publishers and academic journals.
Dr. Joseph is a frequent conference speaker, both nationally and internationally, and has given over 50 invited/guest lectures in the past eight years. He is the founder of Hope for Today Outreach (HTO), a non-profit and faith-based organization that takes a holistic approach to sustainable development and human flourishing so we can empower the poor, the marginalized, and the economically-disadvantaged individuals and families in Haiti. HTO provides leadership training to inspire and empower both men and women and serves the Haitian population in the areas of literacy and education, health, water and sanitation, agriculture and food, spiritual and theological formation, etc. In September 2019, he founded Hope Academy de Bois d’eau (HABD), a primary school that targets impoverished families in Port-Margot, Haiti. The motto of HABD is: “Educating the next generation to become committed citizens, great leaders, and a catalyst of hope.” Dr. Joseph and his family live in Fort Pierce, Florida.
“It is possible to be a good and critical scholar, a committed follower of Christ, and a transformational and engaged citizen.”– Dr. Celucien L. Joseph