I'm a Caribbeanist. I live in Trinidad and Tobago.
Currently i am a United Nations Peace and Development Officer for the English and Dutch Speaking Caribbean. I am based in the Resident Coordinator's Office and advise all UN agencies working in the region. The regional Peace and Development unit sits as a Joint Programme between the United Nations Development Programme and the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs
Previously in 2022 i was a research associate for the project 'Representing gender-based violence: literature, performance and activism in the Anglophone Caribbean'. I also consulted for the UNDP regionally on the youth and crime aspects of CariSECURE 2.0.
From 2020 to 2022 i was a lecturer in the School of Criminology at the University of Leicester. Before that, I was a research associate in history 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 and here. This prison research project was the main focus of my academic research from 2019 to 2022. I am currently an honorary fellow with the school of criminology
From 2008 to 2019 I was a lecturer and researcher in socio-cultural anthropology, political sociology, and criminology at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. I still collaborate, mentor and support students and colleagues at the UWI and currently hold the title Visting Lecturer with the UWI, St Augustine Campus. During my time at the UWI I developed my primary focus of the sociology and anthropology of crime. With a focus on judicial systems, policing and youth. During this period i also began my research journey into therapeutic cultures, from which i have published two books. I also redesigned the anthropology programme at the UWI including introducing a new mini-ethnography course and a new introduction to anthropology course to the undergraduate sociology programme. I also redisigned the postgradaute political sociology courses 1 and 2, and the postgraduate anthropology course. My time at the UWI was another period of training and learning. A second PhD if you will, this time in Caribbean sociology where i learned with and from my students and colleagues, as well as guiding and sharing with them. An experience i am forever grateful for.
I got my PhD in anthropology from American University in Washington DC in April, 2010. I was a magazine writer before that with media and editorial projects in Trinidad but also freelance work too. 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; carcerality; 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, Multilateral Organisations, 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. The book ‘Growing up Woodbrook - A Tapestry of Then and Now: An Amazing Square Mile in History’, i authored and published in 2022 was partly framed around that PhD work. Get it here
Since then I've done research on:
I have also worked as a consultant for:
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 such as carcerality extend over long periods of time in the service and power of a particular economic model and system, variably referred to as "capitalism"?
Where i got my PhD in Anthropology:
Where i got my MA in Anthropology and Cultural Process
Where i got my BA in Social Anthropology