Participant Info

First Name
Claire Antone
Last Name
University of Virginia
Website URL
Haiti, Caribbean, dictatorship, urban history, construction, concrete, corruption, infrastructure, disaster, earthquake,
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Personal Info

About Me

As a Caribbean historian with expertise in Haiti, I use geography, material culture, and urban planning to analyze modern Caribbean and Latin American history. My research focuses on the history of Port-au-Prince during the era of the Duvalier regime (1957-1986). I analyze the connections between dictatorship and urban space through construction, urban planning, and urban life. Working on the Duvalier regime meaning analyzing corruption and authoritarianism.

Recent Publications

Claire Antone Payton, “Building Corruption in Haiti: In Haiti, Illicit Income Extraction Is a Constantly Constructed Mode of Governance, Helping to Explain Popular Outrage Surrounding the Recent PetroCaribe Scandal.,” NACLA Report on the Americas 51, no. 2 (April 3, 2019): 182–87,

Claire Antone Payton, “The City and the State: Construction and the Politics of Dictatorship in Haiti, 1957-1986” (PhD Dissertation, Duke University, 2018).

Claire Antone Payton, “In Moral Debt to Haiti,” NACLA Report on the Americas 49, no. 1 (January 2, 2017): 64–70,

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Caribbean, Latin America
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Government, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Politics, Race, Urban History