Caryn Cosse Bell

Caryn Cossé Bell , Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty

Dugan Hall 106G


Atlantic, Circum-Caribbean, Intellectual, Slavery and Abolition, Civil War & Reconstruction


  • B.A., M.A, University of New Orleans
  • Ph.D., Tulane University

Selected Publications

  • Creole New Orleans in the Revolutionary Atlantic, 1875-1877 (LSU Press, 2023)
  • Editor, Rappelez-vous Concitoyens! La poésie de Pierre-Aristide Desdunes (Shreveport: Les Éditions Tintamarre, 2010)
  • “The Common Wind’s Creole Visionary: Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez” in South Atlantic Review: Special Focus (Winter 2008), 10-25.
  • "Haitian Immigration to Louisiana in the 18th and 19th Centuries," online in In Motion: The African American Migration Experience, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, (New York Public Library Digital Gallery, 2005), 1-36.
  • Contributing author with Alex Stepick, Loren Schweninger, James Oliver Horton, Thomas C. Holt, et al., to In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience, Howard Dodson and Sylviane A. Diouf eds. & comps. (New York Public Library & National Geographic, 2004).
  • "Protest and Idealism in the French Language Literary Works of Afro-Creole Louisianians, 1837 - 1896" in Not English Only: Redefining "American" in American Studies, Orm Øverland ed., (Amsterdam: VU University Press, Amsterdam, 2001), pp. 29-33.
  • "Hermann-Grima House: A Window on Free Black Life and Urban Slavery in Creole New Orleans, 1831-1865," Louisiana Cultural Vistas (Summer 2000), 68-77.
  • Revolution, Romanticism, and the Afro-Creole Protest Tradition in Louisiana, 1718-1868 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1997)

Selected History Documentaries:

  • Research Director for the award-winning Public Broadcasting Service documentary Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans, 2008
  • Research Director for the Xavier University television documentary narrated by James Earl Jones, A House Divided, a study of the New Orleans Civil Rights Movement, 1986