Wesleyan portrait of Gina Athena  Ulysse

Gina Athena Ulysse

Professor of Anthropology

Winchester House, 4

Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Winchester House, 4


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BA Upsala College
MA University of Michigan
PHD University of Michigan

Gina Athena Ulysse

Gina Athena Ulysse is a Professor of Anthropology.  She is currently working on a new book, Rasanblaj Manifesto. She has been invited to be a participating artist in the 2020 Biennale of Sydney.


A public anthropologist and performance artist, Ulysse’s research integrates her interests in Black diasporic conditions, ethnography, pedagogy, performance, and representation. More specifically, her interdisciplinary work explores the continuous impact of history on agency and possibilities of social justice in the present. Her publications include Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post Quake Chronicle (2015) and Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importing, A Haitian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica (2007), and Because When God is too Busy:Haiti, me & THE WORLD (2017) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her performance projects include VooDooDoll, What if Haiti Were a Woman? and Contemplating Absences and Distances. Ulysse was the invited editor of "Caribbean Rasanblaj”(2015) a double issue of e-misférica, NYU's Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics journal and editor of “Pawol Fanm sou Douz Janvye” (2011) in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism journal. Once an intermittent blogger who often mused on AfricaIsACountry, Huffington Post, Ms Blog and Tikkun Daily, she is now devoted to her art practice.  In 2018, she was awarded the AAA Anthropology in the Media Award. She received Wesleyan’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the Haitian Studies Association award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2015.

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Fall 2019
ANTH 295 - 01
Reflexive Anthropology

ANTH 360 - 01
Alter(ed)native Approaches