Fabienne Doucet is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Program Leader for the programs in Childhood Education in the department of Teaching and Learning at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, Institute for Human Development and Social Change, and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Born in Spain, raised in Haiti, and migrating to the U.S. at the age of ten, Doucet embodies a hybrid identity that is mirrored in her interdisciplinary approach to examining how immigrant and U.S.-born children of color and their families navigate education in the United States. A critical ethnographer, Doucet specifically studies how taken-for-granted beliefs, practices, and values in the U.S. educational system position linguistically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse children and families at a disadvantage, and seeks active solutions for meeting their educational needs. Doucet has a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the UNC-Greensboro and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation.
Millery Polyné is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. A graduate of Morehouse College (BA) and the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in History, Millery is the author of From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti and Pan Americanism, 1870-1964 (University Press of Florida, 2010), the editor of The Idea of Haiti: Rethinking Crisis and Development (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and The Haiti Reader forthcoming on Duke University Press.
Jonathan Myerson Katz is a journalist and author. A regular New York Times and New York Times Magazine contributor covering national and international affairs, his work has been featured in the New Republic, Slate, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, Politico Magazine, and The New Yorker online, and other publications, with grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Katz was the Associated Press chief correspondent in Haiti on January 12, 2010, when he survived and provided the first international alert of the deadliest earthquake ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. He stayed on for another year to cover the aftermath and flawed recovery. His first book, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), was a PEN Literary Award Finalist and winner of the Overseas Press Club of America's Cornelius Ryan Book Award for the year’s best book on international affairs. It was the first book ever to receive two recognitions from the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project at Columbia and Harvard University, garnered the Washington Office on Latin America’s Human Rights Book Award, was shortlisted for the Ridenhour Book Prize and Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and one of five finalists for the New York Public Library’s prestigious Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism alongside four Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists. The Big Truck That Went By was also selected for Barnes & Noble’s prestigious Discover Great New Writers program, and named one of the year’s best books by Slate, Amazon.com, The Christian Science Monitor, and Kirkus Reviews. Widely lauded by reviewers and a frequent best-seller, it was recommended twice in the New York Times Sunday Book Review by authors Sheri Fink and Edwidge Danticat.
He is a frequent guest on radio and television.