Dr. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall
Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator, History
Prof. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall earned a B.A. in intellectual history and political
philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history
from Stanford University. Before coming to CSUSM, she was Lucius N. Littauer Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2000, Prof. Sepinwall was one of thirty early-career
scholars selected to participate in the International Seminar on the Atlantic World at Harvard University. Her research specialties include the French and Haitian Revolutions, modern
Haitian history, Slavery and Film, French colonialism, French-Jewish history, history
and video games, and the history of gender.
Her newest book, Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games (which received the Honorable Mention for the 2021 HSA biennial Book Prize, Haitian Studies Association), was published in
June 2021 by the University Press of Mississippi . Her previous works include The Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution: The Making of Modern Universalism (UC Press, 2005; released in paperback, 2021) and Haitian History: New Perspectives (Routledge, 2012).
Sepinwall has served on committees of the American Historical Association, Society
for French Historical Studies, Western Society for French History, Haitian Studies
Association, French Colonial Historical Society, H-France, American Society for Eighteenth-Century
Studies, World History Association and Western Jewish Studies Association, and as
a member of the editorial board of French Historical Studies. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for H-France's Imaginaries (previously called Fiction and Film for Scholars of France) and the Haitian History Journal/Revue d'Histoire Haïtienne. She is a past winner of CSUSM’s Harry E. Brakebill Outstanding Professor Award (the
university’s top honor for faculty), as well as of the CSUSM President's Award for
Innovation in Teaching.
Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., Stanford University
B.A. in History and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania (Phi Beta Kappa)
Haiti, France, Film, Colonialism, Slavery and Memory, Jewish, Gender, Historical Video
- Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games (University Press of Mississippi, 2021).
- Honorable Mention for the 2021 HSA biennial Book Prize, Haitian Studies Association.
- Selected interviews and podcasts on the book at:
- American Historical Review Interview podcast, with Prof. Andrew Denning
- New Books Network, interview with Prof. Michael Vann
- KPBS Radio, Midday Edition, with film critic Beth Accomando
- HistoryHit, “How the Haitian Revolution is Depicted on Screen, From Hollywood to Assassin’s Creed,” interview with Kyle Hoekstra.
- Nèg Maron podcast, interview with Patrick Jean-Baptiste
- This Week in Black History, Society, and Culture Podcast, interview with Prof. Hettie V. Williams
- Haiti Then and Now blog, with Prof. Celucien Joseph
- Selected reviews of Slave Revolt on Screen:
- Haitian History: New Perspectives (Routledge, 2012).
- The Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution: The Making of Modern Universalism (University of California Press, 2005; paperback edition, 2021)
- Translated as L'abbé Grégoire et la Révolution française: les origines de l'universalisme moderne (Bécherel: Éditions Les Perséides, 2008).
SELECTED JOURNAL ARTICLES, BOOK CHAPTERS AND PUBLIC-FACING ESSAYS
(more available at my Academia.edu page)
“Making the Enlightenment Relevant in the Twenty-First Century: The Enlightenment and
Its Readers,” H-France Salon 13, no. 11 (2021), special issue on “Race, Racism & the Study of France and the Francophone
World, Part III."
“Earthquakes and Storms are Natural, but Haiti’s Disasters are Man-Made, Too,” Washington Post, Aug. 20, 2021 [co-written with Emmanuela Douyon, Made by History section].
- “Biography, Reclaimed: Looking Back at the Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution,” Age of Revolutions, Aug. 9, 2021.
- “Reimagining Jewish-Muslim Relations on Screen: French-Jewish Filmmakers and the
Middle East Conflict,” in Zvi Jonathan Kaplan and Nadia Malinovich, eds., The Jews of Modern France: Images and Identities (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 302 – 322.
- “History is Too Important to Leave to Hollywood: Colonialism, Genocide, and Memory
in the Films of Raoul Peck,” in Toni Pressley-Sanon and Sophie Saint-Just, eds., Raoul
Peck: Power, Politics and the Cinematic Imagination (Lanham, MD: Lexington/Rowman and Littlefield, 2015), 13 - 36.
- “Sexuality, Orthodoxy and Modernity in France: North African Jewish Immigrants in
Karin Albou’s La Petite Jérusalem,” in Lawrence Baron, ed., Modern Jewish Experiences in World Cinema (Waltham, MA: Brandeis University Press, 2011), 340 – 347.
- "The Specter of Saint-Domingue: American and French Reactions to the Haitian Revolution,"
in The World of the Haitian Revolution, eds. Norman Fiering and David Geggus (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009).
- "Atlantic Revolutions," in Encyclopedia of the Modern World, ed. Peter Stearns (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), I: 284-289.
- "Napoleon, French Jews, and the Idea of Regeneration," in CCAR Journal 54 [special issue on Sanhedrin Bicentennial] (Winter 2007), 55-76.
- "L'abbé Grégoire and the Metz Contest: The View from New Documents," in Revue des Études Juives 166, nos. 1-2 (janvier - juin 2007), pp. 273-288.
- "Strategic Friendships: Jewish Intellectuals, the Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution,"
in Renewing the Past, Reconfiguring Jewish Culture: From Al-Andalus to the Haskalah, eds. Adam Sutcliffe and Ross Brann (Philadelphia:
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004): 189-212.
- "Eliminating Race, Eliminating Difference: Blacks, Jews, and the Abbé Grégoire," in
The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France, eds. Tyler Stovall and Sue Peabody (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003): 28-41.
- "La révolution haïtienne et les États-Unis: Étude historiographique," in 1802. Rétablissement de l'esclavage dans les colonies françaises: Aux origines de Haïti, eds. Yves Benot and Marcel Dorigny (Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose, 2003), 387-401.
SELECTED MEDIA (Radio, TV, Print and Podcast Interviews)
- Anna Portella, “Es muy difícil mandar ayuda, lamentan haitianos en Tijuana tras el sismo,” La-Lista [Mexico], Aug. 18, 2021.
- Talking Head, “Istwa dominasyon Etazini sou Ayiti,” video reportage/short film on the US Occupation of Haiti, by Feguenson Hermogène,
Ayibopost, released Aug. 9, 2021.
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio, “Haiti—The Background to an Assassination,” on “Real Vision” with Annabelle Quince, aired July 25, 2021.
- ABC News (US), Alyssa Choi, “How Colonial-Era Debt Helped Shape Haiti's Poverty and Political Unrest,” July 24, 2021.
- Guardian (UK), Tom Philipps, “‘It’s shocking’: Haiti struggles to piece together story of president’s murder,” July 9, 2021.
- RTVI News [international Russian-language live news], July 9, 2021 [segment 1:09:05 - 1:16:10]
- TheSkimm podcast, July 8, 2021, interview with Luke Vargas.
- CSUSM, "Ask the Expert: The Assassination of Haiti's President,"
July 13, 2021.
- "Unsettling Bridgerton: Race, Representation, and Royalty,” Unsettling Knowledge podcast, Univ. of Utrecht Decolonisation Group, hosted by Dr. Rachel Gillett, May 25, 2021.
- Lauren Collins, "The Haitian Revolution and the Hole in French High-School History," New Yorker, Dec. 3, 2020 [quoting my previous research].
- Interview on Haitian History and the 2010 Earthquake, Chicago Public Radio, “Worldview” with host
Jerome McDonnell, Jan. 27, 2010.
History 102 World Civilizations, 1500 - present
History 301 Historical Methods and Writing
History 324 Enlightenment and European Society
History 325 Revolutionary Europe, 1789 - 1989
History 381 Comparative French Colonialism, from the Caribbean to Indochina
History 382 Travel and Contact in the Early Modern World
History 383 Women and Jewish History
History 386 Haiti and World History
History 460 Senior Research Seminar in World History
History 513 Graduate History Teaching Practicum
History 591 Advanced Seminar in World History
History 620 Directed Thesis Research, Writing, and Media Presentation
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Recent Refereed Journal Publications
- Hadaegh A. R., and Barker K., Enhancing Concurrency Using Multi-versioned Object,
(Submitted to Iranian Journal of Science & Technology Journal in February 2005 – Still
- Hadaegh A. R., and Barker K., Reconciling Instead of Aborting Unsuccessful Transactions
in Multi-version Object-bases, Iranian Journal of Science & Technology Journal, ISSN:
0363-1307 (Accepted in August 2005 – Publication is forthcoming).
- Wahlund Thomas M., Hadaegh Ahmad R., Clark Robin, Nguyen Binh, Fanelli Michael, and
Read Betsy A. Analysis of Expressed Sequence Tags from Calcifying Cells of the Marine
Coccolithophorid, Emiliania huxleyi. Journal of Marine Biotechnology, 6 (3), pp 278-290,
May 13, 2004, ISSN: 1436-2228
Recent Refereed Conference Publications
- Wang J., and Hadaegh A. R. Recovering the Reconciled Objects. Proceedings of International
Advanced Database Conference (IADC 2005), San Diego, California, USA, pp 49-58, June
27-30, 2005, ISBN:0-9742448-4-8
- Perez B., and Hadaegh A. R., Building a Reliable Multiversion object-based system,
In Proceeding of Hawaii International Conference on Computer Science (HICCS'04), Honolulu,
Hawaii, USA, pp 416-421, Jan 2004, (ISSN: 1545-6722)
- Rosenthal J, Hadaegh A. R., and Yoshii R. Conversion of the Computer Aided Instruction
to Use Database Connectivity, International Conference of Computer Science and its
Applications (ICCSA-2004), San Diego, California, USA, pp 125-134, June 2004, ISBN:0-9742448-1-3
- Perez B., and Hadaegh A. R., Recovery in Multiversion Objectbase Systems, The 2003
International Conference on Emerging Technologies (ICET'03), Minneapolis, MN, USA,
Aug 2003. Web publication: http://www.rfbinternational.com/august_25.htm.
- Fayyazi G., and Hadaegh A. R., Kasraian M, Bluetooth Signposts Providing Road Information
to Passing by Vehicles, International Conference of Computer Science and its Applications
(ICCSA-2003), San Diego, California, USA, pp 280-286, July 2003, ISBN:0-9742-4480-5.
Extended Refereed Abstract (2 to 3 pages)
- Ebert M., Hadaegh A. R., Read B. A., and Wahlund T., Prediction of the Genes in Unicellular
Algae Emiliania Huxleyi, International Conference of Computer Science and its Applications
(ICCSA-2003), San Diego, California, USA, pp 320-322, July 2003, ISBN:0-9742-4480-5.
Refereed Poster (1 to 2 paragraphs)
- Hadaegh, A.R, Ranji, Stairs J, Sun, D. and Wahlund T and Read B. , CoccoExpress:
A Comprehensive Genetic Database for Coccolithophorids, Conference for Annual Meeting
for the Society for the Molecular Biology and Evolution: Genomes, Evolution, and Bioinformatics,
(GEB2006) Tempe, AZ, USA, (Accepted in March 2006 - not published yet).
- Wahlund T., Hadaegh A. R., Clark R., Fanelli M., and Read B. A., Characterization
of Complementary DNAs from Expressed Sequence Tag Analysis of the Coccolithophorid
Marine Alga, Emiliania Huxleyi, Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM),
Washington, DC, USA, pp 660, May 2003. Reviewed by the chair of the meeting (Dr.
Dauglus Bishop) and the chair elect (Dr. Adam M. Bailis), ISSN: 10602011
- Hadaegh A. R, and Ehikioya S., The Role of Reconciliation in Retrieving Historical
Objects in a Multi-version Object-based System, Canadian Conference on Electrical
and Computer Engineering (CCECE’ 02), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, ISBN: 0-7803-7514-9;
Vol. 3, pp. 1482-1486, August 2002.
- Hadaegh A. R, and Ehikioya S., Using an Optimistic Protocol to Obtain Historical Information
in a Multi-Version Object-based System, The 6th World Multi-conference on Systemic,
Cybernetics and Informatics (SCI-2002): Computer Science I, Orlando, Florida, USA,
Vol 3, pp 325-329, July 14-18, 2002, ISBN: 980-07-8150-1
- Hadaegh A. R and Barker K., Partial Re-execution: Reconciling Transactions to Increase
Concurrency in Object-bases, International Conference on Parallel and Distributed
Processing Techniques and Applications (PDPTA'99), Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas,
Nevada, USA. ISBN: 1-892512-15-7, Vol 3 page 1469-1475 June 1999.
- Hadaegh A. R., and Barker K., Simple Reconciliation of Transactions to Increase Concurrency
in Historical Object-bases, XII Brazilian Symposium on Database Systems - SBBD’97,
pp. 44-64, October 1997.
- Hadaegh, A. R., and Barker K., Version Management in Object Based System, Advances
in Data Base and Information Systems (ADBIS’96), Moscow, pp. 126 - 133, September
10 -13, 1996.
- Peter Graham, Ken Barker, and Ahmad Reza-Hadaegh, Disconnected Objects: Reconciliation
in a Nested Object Transaction Environment, Proceedings of the ECOOP'96 Workshop on
Mobility and Replication (WMR'96), Linz, Austria, July 1996. Published by Dpunkt Verlag
in "Special Issues in Object Oriented Programming", pp. 379-383. (the Workshop Reader
- Hadaegh A. R., Graham P., and Barker K., An Architecture and Model for Processing
Transactions in Multi-version Object Base Systems, In the Proceedings of the Second
Annual Mid-Continent Information Database Systems Conference, Database Research Group,
Fargo ND, Volume 2, Fargo, USA, May, 1993, pp 99-112.