American Imperialism’s Undead won the 2017 Gordon K. and Sibyl Lewis Prize for best book about the Caribbean, awarded by the Caribbean Studies Association. According to CSA, the prize is the organization’s most prestigious award. Prize committee chair Carole Boyce Davies describes the book as “accessible and well-written” with a “deep, continuous argument” based on “wide and deep research.” The book effectively “uses literature to make links across the Caribbean” even while being “fully interdisciplinary.” As a result, it “expands the boundaries of Haitian, pan-Caribbean, and pan-African studies.”
“American Imperialism’s Undead boldly and powerfully uncovers the crucial, if unintentional, role the United States’ imperialist occupation of independent Haiti played in the rise of radical anticolonialism throughout the Atlantic world in the first half of the twentieth century. With outstanding scholarship and searing prose, Dalleo shows how the U.S. occupation of Haiti has been systematically disavowed not only, as one might expect, in mainstream historiography but in a field of Haitian revolutionary studies eager to construct an unambiguous narrative of revolutionary liberation. A pivotal and long-overdue contribution.” –Nick Nesbitt, Princeton University, author of Caribbean Critique: Antillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant.
“American Imperialism’s Undead works to challenge the obfuscation of this seminal moment in Haitian, US-American, and circum-American history. Dalleo argues, compellingly and convincingly, that to not attempt an understanding of the occupation is, in fact, to deeply misunderstand regional realities throughout the twentieth century.” –Kaiama Glover, Barnard College, author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon. Read the full review in Caribbean Quarterly.