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Louis Marcelin, Ph.D.

General Information

Louis  Marcelin, Ph.D.


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  • English
  • Creole
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish


  • Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Department of International Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine

Research Interests

  • Family and kinship
  • Migration, health and human security
  • The roles of power, violence, and marginalization in society
  • Disaster, reconstruction and recovery
  • Global health
  • Youth gang health risks, and globalization
  • Epistemology of social sciences


Louis Herns Marcelin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of International Studies, Anthropology and Public Health Sciences, at the University of Miami (USA) and Chancellor of the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development, INURED (Haiti). His research focuses on migration, health and human security; the roles of power, violence, and marginalization in society; disaster and human security.  Dr. Marcelin has held as PI and co-PI several research grants from the National Institute of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Bank, United States Agency for International Development, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (Europe), U.S. Department of States, Spencer Foundation, and International Development Research Centre (Canada), among other agencies.  He has conducted extensive field research on family, kinship, and religious practices in rural and urban areas of Haiti. He later expanded his research in the Caribbean, Brazil as well as in the United States. In 2007, he led the creation of INURED (www.inured.org) in Haiti, a transdisciplinary institute with the mission to contribute to the development of high-level research and scientific training in Haiti and the Caribbean for the improvement of the educational, socio-economic, and political condition of these societies.  INURED has served as a conduit for cross-disciplinary collaborations between students and faculty, their peers from many universities, with local community stakeholders through participatory research.  Dr. Marcelin has taught and continues to teach sociocultural anthropology; medical anthropology; global health; research methodology; critical social theories; anthropology of disasters; violence and human security; anthropology of kinship and family, societies and cultures in the Caribbean, youth, culture, and globalization; and hospital ethnography. Professor Marcelin’s publications are featured in various flagship venues including American Journal of Public Health, American Anthropology, Current Anthropology, Child Abuse and Neglect, Prehospital Disaster Medicine, Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse among others. He is a member of American Public Health Association, American Anthropological Association, Medical Anthropology Association.