Faith Makes Us Live


Faith Makes Us Live: Surviving and Thriving in the Haitian Diaspora was my first book (University of California Press 2009). To order it, click here.

Based on fieldwork in Haiti and three cities of the Haitian diaspora–Miami, Montreal and Paris–this study provides a vivid portrait of the power of faith for immigrants. By comparing the same immigrant group in three countries, this book also shows that government cooperation with religious institutions–which is stronger in the U.S. compared to either Canada or France–is crucial in harnessing immigrants’ religious piety to empower them towards more successful adaptation.