Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Latin American Studies (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Louis Herns Marcelin

Second Committee Member

Katherine Ramsey

Third Committee Member

John Bryan Page


The purpose of this study was to examine how the cholera outbreak in the Dominican Republic has affected the human security of both Haitians and Dominicans living in the Dominican Republic. Additionally, it explores whether the policies implemented to control the spread of cholera on the border with Haiti have been effective or have detrimentally affected the human security of the population of Dajabón. An ethnographic study was conducted in Dajabón, Dominican Republic from September 15, 2011 until October 21, 2011. Data was collected through observation, ethnographic mapping and semi-structured, open-ended interviews with residents, public officials and healthcare workers in Dajabón. This thesis establishes that current border control policies implemented on the Dominican border with Haiti in the province of Dajabón are ineffective in preventing the cross-border spread of cholera, detrimental to human security and public health, and have stigmatized the Haitian population. This thesis argues that real progress in controlling cholera can only be made through increased cooperation and solidarity between the Dominican Republic and Haiti in the area of public health.


Dominican Republic; Haiti; Cholera; Migration; Public Health; Human Security