Claire Antone Payton is the Manager of the Memory Project at UVA's Democracy Initative. A historian by training, she has a decade of experince researching, teaching about, and living in the Caribbean. She has written extesively on the history of Haiti, cities, and disaster. Previously she was a postdoctoral fellow at UVA's Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. She is currently writing a book on Port-au-Prince during the Duvalier era in Haiti. She also is the creator of the Haiti Memory Project, an archival collection of first person testimonies about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.