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Xavier Robillard-Martel


Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Xavier Robillard-Martel joined the doctoral program in Anthropology at Cornell University in 2018. His research explores historical and comparative processes of racial formation, as well as the intersections of race, nation, ethnicity, and class in racially-structured societies. His ethnographic focus is on the relationships between Cajuns and Black Creoles in southern Louisiana. Before coming to Cornell, he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal. He was also involved in a research project that investigated the reactions of Zainichi Koreans (Japan’s main postcolonial minority) to racism and Japanese ultranationalism. His current research has received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), as well as the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).


Sociocultural Anthropology, Historical Anthropology, Racial Theory, Comparative Racial Formations, Louisiana and the United States


  • Anthropology