Jayaram, Kiran

Jayaram, Kiran

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor
History and Philosophy

Phone: 718-262-2640
Office Location: AC-3d04

Office Hours  
Tuesday  TBA 
Thursday  TBA 


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Columbia University  Applied Anthropology  2014 
MPhil  Columbia University  Applied Anthropology  2011 
MA  University of Kansas  Latin American Studies  2002 
BA  University of Kansas  Mathematics  1998 
Within Latin American and Caribbean Studies, his research lies at the intersection of political economy, anthropology, and education. He conducted fieldwork on Haitian educational and labor migrants to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, land tenure in post-earthquake Haiti, living wages among free trade zone workers, and human rights for Haitian migrants. He also worked on a series of applied research projects in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. Prof. Jayaram has published articles in Caribbean Quarterly, Radical History Review, and the International Journal of Educational Development. His co-edited volume, Keywords of Mobility, was published in 2016. He received numerous awards from anthropology departments and Title VI Area Studies Centers. Since 2014, he has been working with the Université d’Etat d’Haïti to help establish a doctoral program in Anthropology with funds from the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Areas of Expertise

Applied Anthropology
Anthropology of Political Economy
Anthropology of Migration
Anthropology of Education

Books in Field Of Expertise

with Noel Salazar. Keywords of Mobility. New York, NY: Berghahn Books, 2016. .

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Multiple Co-authors. "Transnational Hispaniola: Towards New Paradigms in Haitian and Dominican Studies." Radical History Review. 115 2013: 26-32.

w/Lesley Bartlett and Gulin Bonhomme. "State Literacies and Inequalities: Managing Haitian Immigrants in the Dominican Republic." International Journal of Educational Development. 31 2011: 587-595.

Jayaram, Kiran. "Capital Changes: Haitian Migrants in Contemporary Dominican Republic." Caribbean Quarterly. 55 2010: 31-54.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Jayaram, Kiran. "Capital." Keywords of Mobility. 2016: .

Jayaram, Kiran. "State, Market, Xenophobia: Making Haitian Educational Migrants in the Dominican Republic." Lives in Motion: Migration and Education in Global Perspective. 2013: .

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program: 2017.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Anthropology, Université d'Etat d'Haïti: 2014-present.

Invited Participant, NSF, Statistics in Ethnography: 2015.

Emerging Scholars Award, Haitian Studies Association: 2012.

College Scholars Award, JCCC: 2011.

Invited Participant, NSF, Summer Institute on Research Design: 2005.


IIE/Fulbright Scholar Award, Meaning of Mangoes. 2015-2017: .

IIE/Fulbright Student Award, Haitian Migrants in Santo Domingo. 2007-2008: .

Office of Policy/Research (TC), Haitian Migrants in Santo Domingo. 2007-2008: .

Teachers College, Anthropology Program, Haitians in the Dominican Republic. 2006: .

Columbia U (ILAS), Research Grant, Haitians in the Dominican Republic. 2006: .

Teachers College, Anthropology Program, Social Uses of Internet in Haiti. 2005: .

U of Florida, Anthropology Department, . 2003: .

KS Board of Regents, Pearson Fellowship, Mouvman rasin in Haiti. 2001: .

U of Kansas, Tinker Foundation, AfroCuban ID in Cuba. 2001: .

U of Kansas, Institute of Haitian Studies, Haiti travel. 2000: .

Offices Held In Professional Societies

2015-present: Program Chair, Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (AAA).

2010-2016: Haiti-Dominican Republic Section Co-Chair, Latin American Studies Association.

2010-present: Co-founder, Transnational Hispaniola.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Wenner-Gren, Institutional Development Grant (Haiti), Project Co-Facilitator: 2014-2018.