Virginie Belony is a PhD student at the Université de Montréal. She obtained her master’s degree in history from that same university. Her past scholarly interests included U.S. expansionism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Latin America and black internationalism during the interwar period. Her master’s thesis explored the diverse reactions of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to the U.S. occupation of Haiti centering on the 1915-1922 interval. Her current research focuses on questions of contested memories after state-sponsored violence and collective memory in diasporic spaces. Her dissertation, tentatively entitled “Mémoires du duvaliérisme dans la diaspora haïtienne de Montréal (1986-2014),” will examine the memories of Duvalier era within Montreal’s Haitian community.