We are pleased to introduce our newest team member; Dr. Kristina Hodelin!

Kristina joins us as our Development Associate, a new position created to support individual giving and special events at HCX. As a trained historian and a grant writer, she is dedicated to showcasing the historical and cultural significance of Caribbean culture in New York and beyond and telling our stories from our perspective. Her experience as a historian and positions in the international education and development sectors have given her a strong foundation.


In Kristina’s own words: 

“As a Native New Yorker and Haitian-American with family roots from Jeremie, Haiti, I have been surrounded by the beautiful culture, cuisine, and history of Haitian and Haitian-American people my whole life. New York has a rich Haitian heritage through the people who have migrated to Brooklyn. Haitian people have contributed significantly to the cultural, educational, culinary and political landscape of the city- something Haiti Cultural Exchange showcases through programming which allows Haitian artists to thrive and prosper. This is something I have always wanted to be part of and I am looking forward to being part of the HCX team building on the legacy of our community.”



Dr. Kristina Hodelin graduated with a PhD in History from Radboud University in the Netherlands. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Pace University in Anthropology and dual Master’s degrees in History from Columbia University and the London School of Economics and she has published in the international peer-reviewed Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics. Kristina has worked in the international education and development sectors in New York, taught English in Malaysia and Sri Lanka and has conducted research in the UK, Netherlands and Sri Lanka. She is a proud New Yorker through and through and her personal and professional experiences living in her hometown and abroad has informed her interests in movement and connections between oceans. Outside of her academic and professional endeavors, she loves to cook, sing, and talk all things food and music.