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Xavier Robillard-Martel


Xavier Robillard-Martel joined the doctoral program in Anthropology at Cornell in 2018. His research explores historical and comparative processes of racial formation, as well as the articulation of race, class and nation in racially-structured societies. His ethnographic focus is on relationships between Cajuns and Black Creoles in southern Louisiana. Before coming to Cornell, he received his BSc and MSc in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal. He was also involved in a research project investigating the reactions of Zainichi Koreans to discrimination and ultranationalism in Japan. His current work has received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC). Xavier was born and raised in Montréal.


Sociocultural anthropology, historical anthropology, theories of colonialism, systemic racism, comparative racial formations, United States and Louisiana


  • Anthropology