Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African-American Studies

First Advisor

Sarita Davis

Second Advisor

Natsu Saito

Third Advisor

Akinyele Umoja


Migration from Haiti is driven by a variety of factors. Many Haitians migrate to the U.S. to escape the challenges they face in their home country, and to create a better life for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, migrants from Haiti face unique challenges when attempting to relocate to the U.S. This study uses the narrative interviews of 8 Haitian migrants to explore the influence of marginalized intersecting identities on their experiences migrating to and living in the United States. The research questions that are guiding this study are as follows: 1. What motivates Haitian migrants to relocate to the United States?

2. How does the intersection of class, race, gender, immigration status, ability, and ethnicity affect Haitian migrant’s experiences both migrating to and living in the United States?

This research is relevant to the field of African American studies, because it expands the literature, and offers an innovative contribution.


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