Robert Fatton Jr. is the Julia A. Cooper Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. He also served as Chair of the Department of Politics from 1997 to 2004; and Associate-Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Virginia from 2010 to 2012. He was the Vice-President of the Haitian Studies Association from 2002-03. He is the author of several books and a large number of scholarly articles. His publications include: Black Consciousness in South Africa (1986); The Making of a Liberal Democracy: Senegal’s Passive Revolution, 1975-1985 (1987); Predatory Rule: State and Civil Society in Africa (1992); Haiti’s Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy (2002); The Roots of Haitian Despotism (2007); and Haiti: Trapped in the Outer Periphery (2014). He is also co-editor with R. K. Ramazani of The Future of Liberal De mocracy: Thomas Jefferson and the Contemporary World (2004); and Religion, State, and Society (2009).
Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, now an American citizen, Fatton studied in the mid 1970s in France, later earning a Bachelors Degree from Goshen College, Indiana, in 1976. He holds Masters and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He has been teaching at the University of Virginia since 1981.
Fatton’s book, Haiti’s Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy(2002), has been called “the definitive work on contemporary Haitian politics.” He has given scores of lectures across the U.S. over the last two decades on the topic of African studies, global politics and Haiti’s history. He has been interviewed by major media including National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” PBS’s NewsHour, NPRs “Talk of the Nation,” CNN, the BBC, and the CBC. Fatton won also the 2011 “Award for Excellence” of the Haitian Studies Association for his “commitment and contribution to the emerging field of Haitian Studies for close to a quarter of a century.”