Mark Schuller

Mark Schuller is 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 fifty peer-reviewed articles or book chapters as well as public media. He authored or coedited eight books including Humanity’s Last Stand: Confronting Global Catastrophe. 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, and the Haitian Studies Association’s Award for excellence, he is active in several solidarity efforts.


Gregory Button and Mark Schuller, eds. 2016. Contextualizing Disaster. New York: Berghahn Books.

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. 2016.

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.

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

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. 2009.

Recent Journal Articles - Selected

David Lewis and Mark Schuller. "Engagements with a Productively Unstable Category: Anthropologists and Nongovernmental Organizations," Current Anthropology, Volume 54, Number 5: 634-651.

"Pa Manyen Fanm Nan Konsa: Intersectionality, Structural Violence, and Vulnerability Before and After Haiti’s Earthquake." Feminist Studies, Volume 41, Number 1: 184-210. 2015.

"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. 2014.

"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. 2013.

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. 2012.

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

"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. 2009.


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Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara