Philip Kaisary is the author of The Haitian Revolution in the Literary Imagination: Radical Horizons, Conservative Constraints (University of Virginia Press, 2014) and a forthcoming monograph on slave resistance in the cinematic imaginary to be published by SUNY Press. His writing has appeared in Atlantic StudiesLaw & HumanitiesMELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States), and Slavery & Abolition, among other publications. He has received fellowships and grants from the Fulbright Program, the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and he is the holder of the 2023–25 tenure of the Ruth and Mark Phillips Professorship in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University’s Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture. He is an Associate Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, where he teaches legal, literary, and cultural studies.


Graduate Diploma in Law, C.P.E., & L.P.C., Oxford Brookes University, 2010.
Ph.D. English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, 2008.
M.A. English, University of Sussex, 2003.
B.A. (M.A.) (Hons) English Literature, University of Edinburgh, 2001.



The Haitian Revolution in the Literary Imagination: Radical Horizons, Conservative Constraints. University of Virginia Press, 2014. Print.


2020                “Haiti, Principle of Hope: Parallels and Connections in the works of C.L.R. James, Derek Walcott, Aimé Césaire, and Édouard Glissant.” Co-author with Prof. Mariana Past. Atlantic Studies, Vol. 17, No. 2: 260–280.


2019                 “Black Agency and Aesthetic Innovation in Sergio Giral’s El otro Francisco.” PALARA: Publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association. No. 23: 22–32.


2017                “The Slave Narrative and Filmic Aesthetics: Steve McQueen, Solomon

Northup, and Colonial Violence.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Vol. 42, No. 2: 94–114.


2017                “‘From freedom’s sun some glimmering rays are shed that cheer the gloomy realms’: Dessalines at Dartmouth, 1804.” Co-author with Prof. Julia Gaffield. Slavery & Abolition. Vol. 38, No. 1: 155–177.


2015                “Hercules, the Hydra, and the 1801 Constitution of Toussaint Louverture.” Atlantic Studies, Vol. 12, No. 4: 393–411.


2012                “Human Rights and Radical Universalism: Aimé Césaire’s and C.L.R. James’s Recuperations of the Haitian Revolution.” Law and Humanities, Vol. 6, No. 2: 197–216.

Book Chapters:

2023                “The Slave Narrative and Filmic Aesthetics: Steve McQueen, Solomon Northup, and Colonial Violence.”

The Films of Steve McQueen, ed. Thomas Austin.

                        Edinburgh University Press.


2022                “Langston Hughes and the Haitian Revolution.”

Langston Hughes in Context, eds. Vera Kutzinski & Anthony Reed.

Cambridge University Press: 129–139.


2022                “Socioeconomic Rights and the Haitian Revolution.”

Social Rights and the Politics of Obligation in History, eds. Charles Walton & Steven Jenson. Cambridge University Press: 82–98.


2020                “The Haitian Revolution and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s La última cena (The Last Supper, 1976).”

Racialized Visions: Haiti and the Hispanic Caribbean, ed. Vanessa K. Valdés, SUNY University Press: 113–133.


2018                “‘To break our chains and form a free people’: Race, Nation, and Haiti’s Imperial Constitution of 1805.” Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations, eds. Whitney Stewart and John Garrison Marks, University of Georgia Press: 71–88.

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