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

Mark Schuller is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Nonprofit and NGO Studies at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti. Supported by the National Science Foundation Senior and CAREER Grant, Bellagio Center, and others, Schuller’s research on NGOs, globalization, disasters, and gender in Haiti has been published in over three dozen book chapters and peer-reviewed articles as well as public media, including a column in Huffington Post. He is the author of two monographs, including Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti (Rutgers, 2016) and co-editor of five 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 (2009). Schuller is co-editor of Berghahn Books’ Catastrophes in Context: a Series in Engaged Social Science on Disasters and University of Alabama Press’ NGOgraphies: a Series of Ethnographic Reflections of NGOs. Recipient of the Margaret Mead Award and the Anthropology in Media Award, he is board chair of the Lambi Fund of Haiti and active in several solidarity efforts.


  • Gregory Button and Mark Schuller, eds. 2016. Contextualizing Disaster. New York: Berghahn Books.
  • 2016 Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti. New   Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • 2016 Alessandra Benedicty, Jhon Picard Byron, Kaiama Glover,   and Mark Schuller, eds. The Haiti Exception: Anthropology and the   Predicament of Narrative. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press,   Francophone Postcolonial Studies, vol. 7.
  • 2012       Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and   NGOs. Foreword by Paul Farmer. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. French edition published 2015. Winner of the Margaret Mead Award.
  • 2012       Mark Schuller and Pablo Morales, eds. Tectonic Shifts: Haiti since the   Earthquake. Sterling, VA: Kumarian Press. Haitian Creole edition   published 2013.
  • 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.  

Recent Journal Articles - selected

  • 2017. David Lewis and Mark Schuller. “Engagements with a Productively Unstable Category: Anthropologists and Nongovernmental Organizations,” Current Anthropology, Volume 54, Number 5: 634-651
  • 2015      “Pa Manyen   Fanm Nan Konsa: Intersectionality, Structural Violence, and Vulnerability   Before and After Haiti’s Earthquake.” Feminist Studies, Volume 41,   Number 1: 184-210.
  • 2014     “Being an   Insider Without: Activist Anthropological Engagement in Haiti after the   Earthquake.” American Anthropologist, Volume 116, Number 2 (June):   409-412.
  • 2014      Mark Schuller and Tania Levey. “Kabrit Ki Gen Twòp Mèt:   Understanding Persistent Gaps in Water and Sanitation Services in Haiti’s IDP   Camps.” Disasters. Volume 38, issue s1 (April): S1-S24. 
  • 2013      “Archiving Violence: A Conversation between Mark   Schuller and Deborah Thomas on the Making of Poto Mitan and Bad   Friday.” Transition. Volume 112: 153-168. 
  • 2013      “Enpak Èd Entènasyonal sou Enfrastrikti Sivik: ONG nan   Kan pou Deplase Yo.” Haïti   Perspectives. Volume 2, Issue 2   (Summer): 38-45.
  • 2012       Elizabeth Currans, Mark Schuller, and TiffanyWilloughby-Herard. “Negotiating Treacherous Terrain: Disciplinary Power,   Security Cultures, and Affective Ties in a Local Anti-War Movement.” Social Justice, Volume 38, Issue 3: 1-24.
  • 2012      “Genetically   Modified Organizations? Understanding and Supporting Local Civil Society in   Urban Haiti.” Journal of Haitian Studies, Volume 18, Issue 1 (Spring):   50-73.
  • 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.
  • 2009      “Gluing Globalization: NGOs as Intermediaries in   Haiti.” Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Volume 32, Issue 1   (May): 84-104. Republished on online issue, new postscript.


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