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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Kate Ramsey

Kate RamseyKate Ramsey is an associate professor of history at the University of Miami. Her first book, The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti (2011), examines the history and legacies of penal and ecclesiastical laws against popular ritual practices in Haiti. It won the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians First Book Prize, the Elsa Goveia Book Prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians, the Haitian Studies Association Book Prize, and a Médaille Jean Price-Mars from the Faculté d’Ethnologie, Université d’État d’Haïti. Ramsey is a coeditor of Transformative Visions: Works by Haitian Artists from the Lowe Art Museum’s Permanent Collection (2015). She has also published on mid-twentieth-century dance anthropology, focusing on choreographer Katherine Dunham’s research in the Caribbean, and the staging of folklore performance in Haiti. Her current project analyzes how early writings on Afro-Caribbean spiritual practices shaped and were shaped by medical ideas about the imagination in the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Atlantic world.