Carl Lindskoog, RVCC Humanities Dept.

Carl Lindskoog

Instructor, History

Humanities, Social Sciences & Education

Office: S-336
Phone: 908-526-1200, Ext. 8305
e-mail: clindsko@raritanval.edu

History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do. It could scarcely be otherwise, since it is to history that we owe our frames of reference, our identities, and our aspirations.
-James Baldwin



Educational Philosophy

I'd like the classroom to be a space for thinking critically about the past and its relationship to the present and learning how to interpret and analyze evidence. Our goal is to be able to critically evaluate the world around us which can empower us to make informed choices in our lives.

Research Interests

  • Immigrant activism
  • refugee and human rights
  • international relations between the United States and Haiti (and Latin America more broadly.)

My doctoral dissertation, which I am currently revising for publication, examines the origins and the evolution of political activism among Haitians in the United States from 1957 to 1994, tracing the efforts of Haitian exiles, refugees, and community organizers to build bridges connecting activists in the Haitian communities of New York and Miami and linking the US-based activists to the grassroots activists and organizations in Haiti.


Selected Publications

  • Power and Popular Resistance in the History of Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with Vulnerable Populations after the Cameras Have Gone: A worldwide study, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
  • "Haitian Americans", in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History, Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • "What you're not hearing about Haiti (but should be)" https://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/14-2
  • "An Open Letter to David Brooks on Haiti" [with Tom F. Driver] http://archive.truthout.org/an-open-letter-david-brooks-haiti56199
  • "Our Past, Haiti's Future" The Classic, http://classic.nwciowa.edu/summer2010/classic-thoughts
  • "In the Battle for Haiti, Which Side Are You On?" GC Advocate, May, 2010
  • "Defending the Haitian Boat People: Origins and Development of a Movement" in Selected Proceedings from the International Conference on Caribbean Studies, University of Texas, Pan-American Press, 2007.


Courses Taught

  • World Civilization I (HIST 101)
  • African American History (HIST 191)
  • U.S. History: Beginnings to 1877 (HIST 201)
  • U.S. History: 1877 to Present (HIST 202)
  • The Literature and History of the Vietnam War (HIST 259)
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