Passing of Esteemed Anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot

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Saturday, 07 July 2012 16:20

CHICAGO, IL, USA ( - The esteemed anthropologist, Michel-Rolph Trouillot is being mourned by the social science community after passing among family members in Chicago, Illinois, Thursday.

Trouillot's colleagues all over the world regard him as a brilliant anthropologist, a historian, and an inspiring thinker. For Haiti it is a loss for the historic intellectual community and the entire nation.

The anthropologist was paralyzed for several years from a ruptured aneurysm before his death on the night of Wednesday July 4 his family said in a statement.

He came from a family of distinguished intellectuals. Henock Trouillot a Haitian historian and author of many sociological books on Haiti, was his uncle and his brother, a finalist for the Nobel in Literature in 2011, is Lyonel Trouillot.

A few selected work of Michel-Rolph Trouillot that have received high honors are:

- 1977 Ti difé boulé sou Istoua Ayiti. New York: Koléksion Lakansièl.
- 1988 Peasants and Capital: Dominica in the World Economy. Johns Hopkins University Press.
- 1990 Haiti: State against Nation. The Origins and Legacy of Duvalierism. Monthly Review Press.
- 1995 Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. Beacon Press.
- 2003 Global Transformations: Anthropology and the Modern World. Palgrave

Trouillot was a Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.

His 1977 book on the origins of the Haitian slave revolution has been described as "the first book-length monograph written in Haitian creole."

He was a recipient of the Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Prize in 2011. This award is given annually by the Caribbean Philosophical Association in recognition of up to three works in or of special interest to Caribbean thought.