I am currently a lecturer in criminology at the University of Leicester. Previously i was a research associate with the University of Leicester working with a multi-disciplinary research team researching the definition, extent, experience and treatment of MNS disorders in Guyana’s jails: both among inmates and the people who work with them. See more info here.
I was a lecturer and researcher in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Political Sociology, and Criminology at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus from 2010 to 2019. I still collaborate, mentor and support students and colleagues at the UWI.
I got my PhD in Anthropology from American University in Washington DC in 2010. I was a magazine writer before that. I did a Masters in Anthropology and Cultural Process at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1999-2000. I started out with a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex.
From a Caribbean, global South perspective I am most interested in how cultural and economic processes extend over long periods of time in the service of various systems of power.
My main theoretical focus is coloniality and the punishment of capital via the study of such areas such as: structural class analysis; class and culture; race, class, and colourism; inequality; social change and the state; spectacle, carnival, and sport; popular culture; social and economic justice; power, elites, and white-collar crime; culture and politics; criminal justice systems; and masculinities and violence.
Methodologically, I am primarily an ethnographer and social historian. I am also an expert in the following:
My ability to combine these methods – either as a team leader, as a team member or on my own – allow me to rapidly assess communities and institutions across a range of areas and to provide comprehensive bottom up insights and social and cultural context for Government Ministries, NGOs, Development Banks, Universities, Communities, and others in the implementation and development of social programs and social change.
My dissertation was a social history of race, class and culture in urban Trinidad with a specific focus on Woodbrook, Carnival, and Violence. It provided examples of cultural connections between the different political and economic climates/structures/eras of Colonialism, Post Colonialism and Neo Colonialism in Trinidad.
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I was also a Commissioner on the Elections and Boundaries Commission of Trinidad and Tobago from 2016 to 2019
My teaching and research looks at the world from a Caribbean centre because the way power is structured in the modern world most people do not have a good grasp of the importance of the Caribbean, both in the history and future of the world. In this Caribbean sense my conceptual focus is often around coloniality and the punishment of Capital found on the ground in the Caribbean and Latin America. Specifically, how do social and cultural systems extend over long periods of time in the service and power of a particular economic model and system, variably referred to as "capitalism"?
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