Paul Humphrey

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Paul Humphrey

Associate Professor of LGBTQ Studies and Africana and Latin American Studies; Director, ALST Program

Paul Humphrey received his PhD in Modern Languages from the University of Birmingham (2013), and his research focuses on gender, sexuality and African-derived religions in Caribbean literature. His monograph, Santería, Vodou and Resistance in Caribbean Literature: Daughters of the Spirits (2019), was published in the Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures Series at Legenda (Cambridge, UK), an imprint of the Modern Humanities Research Association. Paul has published peer-reviewed articles in Caribbean QuarterlySargasso, Studies in ComicsLatin American Literary ReviewJournal of Haitian Studies, International Journal of Francophone Studies, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies and in the edited volume Capital Culture: Perspectives in Ethnic Studies II (2019).

Paul has taught courses on Caribbean and Latin American literature and cultural studies, gender studies, and Spanish and French language. His current research project focuses on identity, gender and sexuality in Caribbean speculative fiction and comics.

Paul also coordinates the Queer Activism at Colgate digital history project, launched by Professors K G Valente and Sarah Keen in 2019 to supplement Colgate's bicentennial observations. Comprising the QAC digital timeline and oral history recordings with alumni, faculty, and staff, the project includes student work from several iterations of LGBT 220: An Exploration into LGBTQ Studies as well as contributions from a number of student research assistants.

Current CV

  • PhD, Modern Languages, University of Birmingham, 2013
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Birmingham, 2008
  • BA, French and Hispanic Studies, University of Birmingham, 2007


Cover to Santería Vodou and Resistance in Caribbean Literature



Santería, Vodou and Resistance in Caribbean Literature: Daughters of the Spirits. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 12. Legenda, 2019. (Ebook available from October 2020 on JSTOR. Paperback available from August 2021.)

Scholarly Articles

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Rita Indiana's Fluid Temporalities and the Queering of Bodies, Time, and Place.” Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 68, no. 3, 2022, pp. 325-347.

Framing a Decolonial Future: Hurricane María in Independent Puerto Rican Comics.” Border Environments, special issue of Latin American Literary Review, vol. 48, no. 96, 2021, pp. 61-74.

Ikú, Cumachela, and the Figure of Death in María Antonia by Eugenio Hernández Espinosa.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, vol. 96, no. 9, 2019, pp. 969-983.

'Yo soy Groot': Afro-Caribbean Religions and Transnational Identity in the Comic Metropolis." Studies in Comics, vol. 10, no. 1, 2019, pp. 115-134.

El manto que cubre el mar’: Religion, Identity and the Sea in Rita Indiana’s La mucama de Omicunlé.” Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language & Culture, vol. 2016-17, no. 1 & 2, 2018, pp. 109-125.

Of Sound, Mind and Body: Female Sexuality and Vodou in Kettly Mars’ Fado.” International Journal of Francophone Studies, vol. 17, no. 2, 2014, pp. 137-157.

Gods, Gender and Nation: Building an Alternative Concept of Nation in Four Novels by Mayra Montero.” Journal of Haitian Studies, vol. 18, no. 2, 2012, pp. 119-134.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Myth, Afrodiasporic Spirituality, and the Oceanic Archive in Independent Comics.” Myth and Environmentalism. Arts of Resilience for a Damaged Planet, edited by Esther Sánchez-Pardo and María Porras Sánchez, Routledge, 2023, pp. 127-150.

Capital Prostitution: Voices from the Shadows in Post-Earthquake Haitian Fiction.” Capital Culture: Perspectives in Ethnic Studies II, edited by Cheryl Toman, La Doxa Editions, 2019, pp. 137-158.

Other Publications

Co-edited Volume

Assistant guest editor with Roberto Strongman and Eric Heuser, Journal of Haitian Studies, vol. 18, no. 2, Fall 2012.

Book Review

Dany Laferrière: Essays On His Works by Lee Skallerup Bessette.” Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, vol. 5, no. 2, 2014, pp. 24-25


Interview with Asher Elbein for Colgate Research

Elbein, Asher. “Heroic Effort: Professor Paul Humphrey explores the depiction of Afro-Caribbean religion in the world of comics.” Colgate Research, September 2019,

Assistant Professor, World Languages & Cultures / Affiliate Faculty, Gender and Intersectionality Studies, Monmouth University (2015-2019)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and French, Syracuse University (2014-2015)

CORE 149C - Hispaniola (Haiti/Dominican Republic)
CORE 163C - The Caribbean (taught as FSEM 112 in Fall '21)
ALST 199 - Entangled Intimacies: Introduction to Africana & Latin American Studies
LGBT 220 - Lives, Communities, and Modes of Critical Inquiry: An Exploration into LGBTQ Studies
LGBT 242 - Religions of Resistance: Gender, Sexuality and Performance in the Caribbean
(cross-listed as: ALST 242 - Religions of Resistance: Gender, Sexuality and Performance in the Caribbean)
LGBT 310 - Imagining Queer Caribbean Futures
LGBT 360 - Special Topics: Archiving Queer Colgate Histories (Spring '23)

The Association of Hispanists of Great Britain & Ireland and the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Spanish Embassy in London Annual Publication Prize for Doctoral Students (2014).