Mark Schuller
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
Assistant Professor

Originally from the Chicago area, Mark Schuller is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership Development at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti. Supported by the National Science Foundation and others, Schuller’s research on globalization, NGOs, gender, and disasters in Haiti has been published in twenty book chapters and peer-reviewed articles as well as public media, including a column in Huffington Post. He is the author of Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs (Rutgers, 2012) and co-editor of four volumes, including Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake (Kumarian Press, 2012). He is co-director / co-producer of documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (Documentary Educational Resources, 2009). Before obtaining his doctorate, Schuller was a community organizer in the Twin Cities. He serves on several boards and is active in many solidarity efforts.


2012       Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs. Foreword by Paul Farmer. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

2012       Mark Schuller and Pablo Morales, eds. Tectonic Shifts: Haiti since the Earthquake. Sterling, VA: Kumarian Press. Haitian Creole and French editions forthcoming.

2008       Gunewardena, Nandini and Mark Schuller, eds. Capitalizing on Catastrophe: Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster Reconstruction. Lanham, Md. Alta Mira Press.

2006       thomas-houston, marilyn and Mark Schuller, eds. Homing Devices: the Poor as Targets of Public Housing Policy and Practice. Lanham, Md. Lexington Books.


2009       Renée Bergan and Mark Schuller. Poto Mitan: Haitian Woman, Pillars of the Global Economy. Documentary Educational Resources. 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

2012. “Genetically Modified Organizations? Understanding and Supporting Local Civil Society in Urban Haiti.” Journal of Haitian Studies. Volume 18, Issue 1 (Spring): 50-73.

Forthcoming 2012            Elizabeth Currans, Mark Schuller, and Tiffany Willoughby-Herard. “Negotiating Treacherous Terrain: Disciplinary Power, Security Cultures, and Affective Ties in a Local Anti-War Movement.” Social Justice. Volume 39, Issue 1.

2011       “‘They Have Forgotten about Us!’ Gender and Haiti’s IDP Camps.” meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. Volume 11, Issue 1: 149-157.

2011       “Rasin Neyoliberal Kriz Lavi Chè a” (the neoliberal roots of Haiti’s food crisis). Journal of Haitian Studies. Volume 17, Issue 1: 140-154.

2010       “Haiti’s Disaster after the Disaster: the IDP Camps and Cholera.” Journal of Humanitarian Assistance,

2009       “Gluing Globalization: NGOs as Intermediaries in Haiti.” Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Volume 32, Issue 1 (May): 84-104. Invited to first online issue, with new postscript.

2008       “Participation, More than Add Women and Stir? A Comparative Case Analysis in Post-Coup Haiti.” Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, issue 2: 1-34.

2007       “Invasion or Infusion? Understanding the Roles of NGOs in Contemporary Haiti.” Journal of Haitian Studies, Volume 13, Issue 2: 61-85. Anthologized in Claudine Michel, ed. Contemporary Issues in Haitian Studies. Indiana University Press, forthcoming.

2007       “Haiti’s 200-Year Ménage-à-Trois: Globalization, the State, and Civil Society.” Caribbean Studies, Volume 35, Issue 1 (January – June 2007): 141-179.

2007       “Seeing Like a ‘Failed’ NGO: Globalization’s Impacts on State and Civil Society in Haiti.” Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Volume 30, Issue 1 (Spring): 67-89. Invited to first online issue, with new postscript.

Book Chapters

Forthcoming 2013            “Cholera and the Camps: Reaping the Republic of NGOs.” In Millery Polyné, ed. The Idea of Haiti: History, Development and the Creation of New Narratives. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Forthcoming      “Spotlights and Mirrors: Media and the Humanitarian Community in Haiti’s Disaster.” In Michele Acuto, ed. Negotiating Relief: The Dialectics of Humanitarian Aid. New York: Columbia University Press.

Forthcoming 2012            “Haiti’s Bitter Harvest: the NGOization of Humanitarian Aid.” In Antonio Donini, ed. The Golden Fleece: Manipulation and Independence in Humanitarian Action. Sterling, VA: Kumarian Press.

2010       “Mister Blan, or the Incredible Whiteness of Being an Anthropologist.” In Erin Taylor, ed. Fieldwork Identities in the Caribbean. Coconut Creek, FL: Caribbean Studies Press, 125-150.

2008       “Deconstructing the Disaster after the Disaster: Conceptualizing Disaster Capitalism.” In Gunewardena and Schuller, eds. Capitalizing on Catastrophe, 17-27.

2008       “Haiti Is Finished! Haiti’s ‘End of History’ meets Ends of Capitalism.” In Gunewardena and Schuller, eds. Capitalizing on Catastrophe, 191-214.

2006       “Jamming the Meatgrinder World: Lessons Learned from Tenants Organizing in St. Paul.” In thomas-houston and Schuller, eds. Homing Devices, 159-180.

2006       Mark Schuller and marilyn thomas-houston. “Introduction: No Place Like Home, No Time Like the Present.” In thomas-houston and Schuller, eds. Homing Devices, 1-19.