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In Progress

The Abandoned Faithful: Sovereignty, Diplomacy, and Religious Jurisdiction after the Haitian Revolution (under contract with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Press).

Jean-Jacques Dessalines: Freedom or Death (under contract with Yale University Press, Trade Contract).

with Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, The Toussaint Louverture Papers Project (Digital Humanities project in progress).

with Chantalle Verna and Nadève Ménard, critical edition and translation of, St. Victor Jean-Baptiste, Le Fondateur Devant l’Histoire, (Imprimerie Eben-Ezer, 1954), (in progress).


Julia Gaffield, Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after Revolution, (The University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

  • Winner of The Mary Alice and Philip Boucher Book Prize, French Colonial Historical Society, 2016
  • Reviewed in: American Historical Review, The William and Mary Quarterly, Reviews in American History, Hispanic American Historical Review, Journal of Latin American Studies, Journal of Haitian Studies, International Journal of Maritime History, Journal of Global Slavery, New West Indian Guide, Choice Reviews, Latin American Review of Books, The Americas, The Journal of Modern History, Almanack-Guarulhos, and H-Diplo

Julia Gaffield, editor, The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy, (The University of Virginia Press, 2016).

  • Reviewed in: American Historical Review, The William and Mary Quarterly, Small Axe Salon, Journal of Social History, Slavery & Abolition, New West Indian Guide, and Early American Literature

Refereed Articles

2020    “The Racialization of International Law in the Aftermath of the Haitian Revolution: The Holy See and National Sovereignty,” American Historical Review 125, no. 3 (June 2020): 841-868.

2017     Julia Gaffield and Philip Kaisary, “‘From freedom’s sun some glimmering rays are shed that cheer the gloomy realms’: Dessalines at Dartmouth, 1804,” Slavery & Abolition 38, no. 1 (2017): 155-177.

2012     Julia Gaffield, “Haiti and Jamaica in the re-making of the early nineteenth century Atlantic World,” The William and Mary Quarterly 69, no. 3 (2012): 583-614.

2011     Julia Gaffield, “‘Identif[ying] the Island in its new situation’: The struggle for Hayti to overcome St. Domingo,” Riveneuve Continents 13 (2011): 80-86.

2007    Julia Gaffield, “Complexities of Imagining Haiti: A Study of National Constitutions, 1801-1807” Journal of Social History 41, no. 1 (2007): 81-103.

Book Chapters

2017     Julia Gaffield, “Reading Declarations: Universal Rights, the Local and the Global,” in Understanding and Teaching the Age of Revolutions, Ben Marsh and Mike Rapport, eds., (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017).

  • Reviewed in: H-Diplo

2016     Julia Gaffield, “‘Outrages on the laws of nations’: American Merchants and Diplomacy after the Haitian Declaration of Independence,” in The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy, Julia Gaffield, ed., (The University of Virginia Press, 2016).

2016     David Armitage and Julia Gaffield, “Introduction: The Haitian Declaration of Independence in an Atlantic Context,” in The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy, Julia Gaffield, ed., (The University of Virginia Press, 2016).

2015     Julia Gaffield, “The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Recognition, Freedom, and Anti-French Sentiment,” Revolutionary Moments: Reading Revolutionary Texts, Rachel Hammersley, ed., (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).

2013     Julia Gaffield, “‘Liberté, Indépendance’: Haitian Antislavery and National Independence,” in A Global History of Anti-Slavery Politics in the Nineteenth Century, William Mulligan and Maurice Bric, eds., (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013).

2013     Laurent Dubois, Julia Gaffield, and Michel Acacia, “Haiti, Constitutions 1790-1859,” in Horst Dippel, ed., The Rise of Modern Constitutionalism, 1776-1849, (University of Kassel, 2013).

Public Scholarship

Julia Gaffield, “Jean-Jacques Dessalines avait promis une guerre éternelle au colonialism,” Ayibopost, Haiti, October 19, 2020.

Julia Gaffield, “Haïti a été la première nation à interdire définitivement l’esclavage,” Le Nouvelliste, August 4, 2020.

Julia Gaffield, “Haiti was the first nation to permanently ban slavery,” Made by History for the Washington Post, July 13, 2020.

Julia Gaffield, “Haiti protests summon spirit of the Haitian Revolution to condemn a president tainted by scandal” The Conversation, November 15, 2019.

Julia Gaffield, “Meet Haiti’s founding father, whose black revolution was too radical for Thomas Jefferson,” The Conversation US, August 30 & The Conversation Global, August 31, 2018.

Julia Gaffield, “Teaching the Haitian Revolution in the Survey,” YouTube, August 8, 2018.

Julia Gaffield, “Ask the Author,” Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life 17, no. 2 (2017).

Julia Gaffield, “Constitutional Race in Haiti, 1805,” Unique at Penn, University of Pennsylvania Library, December 21, 2015.
Julia Gaffield, “Dessalines Day, October 17,” UNC Press Blog, October 16, 2015.