Vincent Joos

Vincent Joos

Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Office Location
Diffenbaugh 303C
Office Hours

Th 11:00 - 1:00pm

Vincent Joos (PhD, UNC Chapel Hill) is a cultural anthropologist who researches post-disaster reconstruction and the relations between states, citizens, and international institutions and NGOs in the Caribbean. He is now completing a manuscript on infrastructure building in post-earthquake Haiti and the vernacular transformation of urban space by people excluded from the aid economy. Joos also does fieldwork in Calais, France where he explores the links between immigration, infrastructure, and media representations.

Research Interests

Haitian Studies
Immigration Studies
Disaster Anthropology and Disaster Capitalism
Relations between Ethnography and Literature
French and Francophone Experimental Literature with a focus on Nouveau Roman

Courses Taught

History of Anthropology 
Caribbean Music and Politics
Graduate Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
Race, Sports, and Culture in the United States

Selected Publications



  • Joos V. ; Laura Wagner (2019). Manje Lakay: Globalisation, Terroirs et Identités Culinaires. Trois/Cent/Soixante Degrés (3). 
  • Joos, V. ; Leleu Eric (2018). The Invisible Jungle of Calais. Limn.
  • Joos, V. (2017). Space, female economies, and autonomy in the shotgun neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Economic Anthropology, 4 (1), 37-49.
  • Joos, V. (2015). M'pase Twop Mizè: Vie et Mort de Boss Arold. 360 Degres, 1(1), 48-52.
  • Joos, V. (2013). The Natchez Fire: African American Remembrance through Interviews, Photographs, and Songs. Southern Quarterly, 50(2), 49-71.
  • Joos, V. (2010). Jimmy Anderson: Natchez Swamp Blues. Southern Cultures, 30 (2), 10-142.
  • Joos, V. (2010). Memory and Hegemony in a Small Mississippi Town. Culture and Tradition, 30 (1), 121-138.
  • Joos, V. (2004). La Critique Sociale dans le Tramway de Claude Simon. Romans 20-50, 37, 67-89.
  • Joos, V. (2004). Le regard déplacé de Claude Simon: Notes sur Le Tramway. Variations, 12, 207-221.