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Executive Council Elections 2017

Listed below are the candidates for Vice President and Executive Council 2017-2018. Voting will be available and carried out as usual at the CSA conference.

Vice-President, Executive Council 2017-2018
The Vice-President serves for one year after which she/he assumes the Presidency:

Catalina Toro PérezCatalina Toro Pérez

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Sciences at the School of Law, Political and Social Sciences, National University of Colombia. Dr. Toro Pérez holds a PhD in Political Science from the Institute of Political Studies, París, France. Dr. Toro Pérez leads the Group on The Political Economy of Extravism in Latin America and the Caribbean (CLACSO, Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales, 2013-2016).  She is a member of the Caribbean Studies Association since 2014. Dr. Toro Pérez was Director of the Graduate program (Masters) in BioScience and Law (2010-2013) and has directed the Research Group on Law and Political Environment since 2008 (School of Law, Political and Social Sciences, National University of Colombia).  Member of the Seeds Group, since 2008.

Recent Publications:

“La Ecología Política del Extractivismo: Una nueva agenda teórico – política de las ciencias sociales en América Latina?” Journal Article; “La Geopolítica del extractivismo marino en el Caribe Occidental. Cambio Climático, el proceso de autodeterminación de los pueblos y el futuro del Área Marina Protegida de la Reserva de la Biósfera “Seaflower” in Revista Semillas, 2015. Dr. Toro Pérez edited and is co-author of the following books: Ecología Política de la Bioseguridad en América Latina (Toro Pérez, 2014), Minería Territorio y Conflicto en Colombia, (UNIJUS 2013).  She is currently editing 2 volumes on Latin American political ecology, for CLACSO.

Member, Executive Council 2017-2018
Executive Council Members serve for a two year term.

Beverly BainBeverly Bain

Beverly Bain teaches in Women and Gender Studies in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  She has been teaching in the university environment for the past 15 years.  She currently teaches and researches in the area of Caribbean and black diasporic sexualities, sexual assault and violence against women, gender, colonialism, transnationalism and anti-capitalism.

Dr. Bain has been an anti-racist anti-violence and anti-capitalist feminist activist for over 30 years.  She was the Executive Director of the National Action Committee on The Status of Women, Canada’s largest feminist organization between 1992-1997.

Publications include “Fire Passion and Politics The Creation of Blockorama as Black Queer Diasporic Space in the Toronto Pride Festivities” in We Still Demand: Redefining Resistance in Sex and Gender Studies. Editors Patrizia Gentile, Gary Kinsman and L. Pauline Rankin, 2016, “Uncovering Conceptual Practices: Bringing into Lived Consciousness Feminists Activities on the Toronto Police Services Sexual Assault Audit “ Canadian Women Studies (2010), “A New Chapter in Feminist Organizing: The Sexual Assault Audit Committee” Canadian Woman Studies with Jane Doe and Amanda Dale (2010

She was the recipient of the Sociology Department of Laurentian University teaching Award for Excellence in teaching – in 2012 and the recipient of the Steinert and Ferreiro – Community One Foundation Award of Excellence for teaching and activism in the LGBTQ of Colour Communities in Toronto in 2005.

Michael BarnettMichael Barnett

Michael Barnett is presently a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work, University of West Indies, Mona Campus. He holds a PhD in sociology from Florida International University in Miami. After obtaining his doctorate he lectured as an assistant professor at Florida International University and Temple University prior to lecturing at UWI. He has written numerous articles on Rastafari, some of which have been published in Caribbean Quarterly, Journal of Caribbean Studies and Journal of Black Studies. He has also recently co-edited a Rastafari Book entitled, Leonard Percival Howell and the Genesis of the Rastafari Movement.

Tavis D. JulesTavis D. Jules

Loyola University Chicago, specifically focusing on Comparative and International Education and International Higher Education. His vast professional and academic experiences have led to research interests in regionalism and governance, transitory spaces, and policy challenges in small island developing states (SIDS). He also has written a plethora of book chapters ranging on topics from post-revolutionary higher education reforms in Tunisia to post-socialist conversions in the global South. He is also the author of numerous books and articles including Neither world polity nor local or national societies: Regionalization in the Global South – the Caribbean Community (Peter Lang Press, 2012); The New Global Educational Policy Environment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Gated, Regulated and Governed (Emerald Publishing, 2016); Educational Transitions in Post-Revolutionary Spaces: Islam, Security and Social Movements in Tunisia (with Teresa Barton, Bloomsbury Press, 2017); and Re-Reading Education Policy and Practice in Small States: Issues of Size and Scale in the Emerging Intelligent Society and Economy (with Patrick Ressler, Peter Lang Press, 2017).

Denis ReyDenis Rey

Denis Rey is an associate professor of political science at the University of Tampa where he specializes in international relations and Latin American politics.  His current research focuses on US-Cuba relations.  Rey has published his work widely in numerous academic journals including Global Environmental Politics, Journal of Information Technology and Politics, and Social Science Quarterly. He recently organized a conference, Marti in Tampa, bringing together experts from Cuba, Mexico, and the United States to share scholarship on the influence of Jose Marti on the Americas. Rey currently serves as president of the Florida Political Science Association, and has an interest in serving in the Caribbean Studies Association.  This interest stems from his focus on Cuba-US relations and a wider interest in researching development within the Caribbean and Latin America.

Guido Rojer, Jr.Guido Rojer, Jr.

Guido Rojer, Jr. is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics at the University of Curaçao and lectures on entrepreneurship, innovation and services. Currently he is finalizing his dissertation on the effects of Entrepreneurship Training. In addition to these he advises locally established multinationals in various industries including utilities and financial services, as well as government agencies.  He also serves on the board of several foundations aimed at promoting scientific development and human development of Curaçao, and the Caribbean. He holds and MSc from Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and has completed his undergrad at the University of the Netherlands Antilles.

Student Representative Candidate 2017-2018

Keisha WielKeisha Wiel

My name is Keisha Wiel and I am a third year doctoral student in the department of Anthropology at Temple University.  Through my research I explore ideologies about the creole language Papiamentu and how children are socialized into those ideologies through the educational system.  I also look at ways that those ideologies are challenged or affirmed through Papiamentu’s use on social media websites such as Facebook.  I currently serve as the Vice President of the Anthropology Graduate Student Association at Temple and I have been an active member of the Caribbean Studies Association since 2011.