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Tavis D. Jules is an Associate Professor Cultural and Educational Policy Studies at Loyola University Chicago, specifically focusing on Comparative and International Education and International Higher Education. His vast professional and academic experiences have led to research and publications across the Caribbean on regionalism and governance, transitory spaces, and policy challenges in small island developing states (SIDS). He is Book Review Editor for the Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Board Member of the Caribbean Journal of Educaion.He has also authored and edited numerous books 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); 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).
Dr. Eris D. Schoburgh, is Professor of Public Policy and Management, in the Department of Government and Associate Dean in the Faculty of the Social Sciences, at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus where she teaches courses in public and policy management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She currently coordinates the Public and Policy Management Unit. Her general area of academic specialisation is public policy analysis and management with special focus on comparative subnational government/governance; subnational/local (economic) development. She has several publications among which are three books and several research articles that have appeared in leading international and regional journals. Professor Schoburgh is a Member of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), the International Public Policy Association (IPPA), the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), and the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA). Her public service includes appointments as Co-chair of the Governance Thematic Working Group of Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan, Planning Institute of Jamaica; former Chairperson of the Mountain Terrace Cooperative Housing Society Limited; and former Director of the Board of the Social Development Commission (SDC).
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, Paris, 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; 2016-2019). She is a member of the Caribbean Studies Association since 2014. Director of the Department of Political Sciences and of the Curriculum Area of Political Sciences (2014-2016). Dr. Toro Pérez was Director of the Graduate program (Masters) in Bio-Sciences 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.
- Alimonda, H, Toro Pérez, C, Martin, F, (CLACSO, 2017). Editor and co-author), Vol. 1. Ecología Política Latinoamericana. Pensamiento crítico, diferencia rearticulación epistémica latinoamericana and Vol. II Pensamiento crítico y horizontes emancipatorios en clave sur;
- “La Mosquitia: Última Frontera Imperial? Neo-colonialismo y Neo-extractivismo petrolero y minero en el mundo Afro-Caribe” in Alimonda, H, et al. (CLACSO, 2017). Ecología Política Latinoamericana. Vol. II.;
- “Presentación” in Revista de Ciencia Política, ( 11, Núm. 21 (2016) Ecología política del extractivismo: escenarios socio-territoriales y rurales de la lucha ambiental latinoamericana. Universidad Nacional de Colombia;
- “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.
- Editor and 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.
- Toro Pérez is currently editing a 2-volume edition on Latin American political ecology for CLACSO.
Myriam Moïse is an Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at Université des Antilles (Martinique), a permanent Researcher at the Caribbean Social Sciences Research Unit (LC2S/CNRS-UMR 8053) and a 2019-2020 Fulbright Research Fellow. In 2018, she was appointed Secretary-General of UNIVERSITIES CARIBBEAN, the organization of Caribbean Universities and Research Institutes (formerly UNICA).
Myriam Moïse holds a Doctorate in Anglophone Studies from Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, and a PhD in Literatures in English from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. Her research fields include Postcolonial Studies, Gender Studies and Discourse Analysis, with a special focus on the literary and artistic productions by women of African Caribbean descent. She has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals (Commonwealth Essays&Studies, PoCo Pages, Vertigo, Wagadu) and book chapters in edited collections, namely in Diasporic Women’s Writing of the Black Atlantic: (En)Gendering Literature and Performance (Routledge 2014), Ville et Environnement: Regards Croisés sur le monde postcolonial (Michel Houdiard 2014) and Anthology Vodou I Remember (Lexington Books 2016).
Dr Moïse is very committed to developing research and educational projects in the Caribbean region: She was recently elected an Executive member of the Caribbean Studies Association and has been working as a French advisor for the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) since 2018. She is currently engaged in various research activities including the coordination of a European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program “Connected Worlds: The Caribbean, Origin of Modern World” under the Marie Skłodowska Curiegrant agreement, which aims to strengthen cross-sector and cross-border international collaboration (CONNECCARIBBEAN-823846).
Samuel Furé Davis obtained his Doctorate in Sciences of Art at the Higher Institute of Art of Havana (2006), a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies on Latin America, the Caribbean and Cuba at the Faculty of Philosophy and History (1997) and a Bachelor of English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Foreign Languages (1987) both at the University of Havana. He worked as a professor of Spanish language and translation at the Institute of Languages of Ghana between 1989 and 1992 before his current position in the Department of English at the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the University of Havana since 1993. There he serves as Professor of English Language and Anglo-Caribbean Literature and has held various academic and administrative responsibilities; He is currently Head of Department. He has been an active member of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) since 1998 and its Executive Council. He is also a member of other academic organizations. He has participated in numerous national and international events and lectured for pre and postgraduate courses in Cuba and in universities in several countries. He is the author of dozens of articles that appear in refereed journals in Cuba, the Caribbean, North America and Europe. He won the “Pinos Nuevos” Prize for his book Cantos de Resistencia, an artistic-literary essay on the texts of reggae and dub poetry (Cuban Letters, Havana, 2000), and the Cuban Catauro Prize for his third book La Cultura Rastafari in Cuba (Editorial Oriente, Santiago, 2011).
Dr. Nikoli Attai is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is currently working on his first book manuscript titled “Real Queer? Interrogating Human Rights Activism in the Queer Caribbean,” and is co-editing an anthology of essays titled “Free Up Yuhself: Transgressive Bodies and Contestations in the Carnivalesque.” Dr Attai is also curating an archive of Trinidad and Tobago’s queer history, as part of a larger project that traces legacies of queer community making and resistance in the Caribbean.
Dr. Attai has recently published two peer- reviewed essays. His latest (2019) essay, “LGBT Rights, Sexual Citizenship, and Blacklighting in the Anglophone Caribbean: What Do Queers Want, What Does Colonialism Need?”, appears in the Oxford Handbook of LGBT and Sexual Politics, while another (2017) titled “Let’s Liberate the Bullers: Toronto Human Rights Activism and Implications for LGBT Activism”, is published in the Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies. Four other essays are currently in press and scheduled for publication shortly.
Dr. Attai’s other research and scholarly interests include queer carnival tourism in Trinidad and Tobago, transgressive community making in the Caribbean and social media visibility by gender-nonconforming people in the Caribbean.
Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best is a public health researcher with a specialization in mental health and whose work focuses on communities in Canada and the Caribbean. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and conducted her dissertation research on Black women’s experiences of maternal depression in Barbados. Following this, Dr. Jackson-Best took an appointment as a Global Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa and conducted a cross-analysis of mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and physical disability stigma with a focus on interventions and intersectionality frameworks. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as BMC Public Health, JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, Gender and Education, and the Journal of International Women’s Studies. Dr. Jackson-Best also does research consultancy work in Canada and the Caribbean, and recently worked with the Trinidadian NGO I Am One to pilot ‘Your Story’- a research study exploring the lived experiences of LGBTQ people in the Caribbean. She is currently the Project Manager for Pathways to Care, and is designing a mental health intervention for Black children, youth, and their families in Ontario.
Raymond LAUREANO-ORTIZ is an engineer, management consultant, and Doctor in History. His interests in historical research revolve around Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, economic development, international relations, scientific and technological innovation, the business ecosystem of innovation, and issues of diversity and inclusiveness. His research work has been presented in multiple forums in Puerto Rico, the US, the Caribbean, and Europe. His first publications as a historian have emerged since 2018 in academic journals and books published in Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Cuba. His PhD dissertation on the history of Puerto Rico’s paradiplomacy or international relations in the 80s and 90s received an Honorable Mention for the Caribbean Studies Association’s Best Dissertation Award in 2018.
He is currently affiliated as a researcher to the Latin America Center of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (University of Denver), the Institute of Caribbean Studies (University of Puerto Rico), and the Jesús T. Piñero Library & Social Research Center (Puerto Rico’s Ana G. Méndez University), where he is overseeing the creation of a historical archive specialized on Puerto Rico’s international relations and economic-development initiatives. He is also involved in Caribbean-centered research projects endorsed and sponsored by CLACSO (Latin American Council of Social Sciences) and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Initiative.
He is not only part of CSA’s Executive Council, but he is also serving in the executive committees of the ACH (Association of Caribbean Historians), the SCS- UK (UK-based Society for Caribbean Studies), and LASA-PR (the Puerto Rico Section of the Latin American Studies Association), where he is the Secretary.
Keisha Wiel is a PhD candidate in the anthropology department at Temple University with a concentration in linguistic anthropology. Her dissertation research examines language socialization, multilingualism, linguistic rights, and education in a postcolonial state. Her research is a continuation of her thesis research from her Master’s that she received from the University of Central Florida. She also received a B.A. in anthropology from the University of North Florida where she began her research interests in creole languages in education. Her research interests primarily focus on the socialization of language ideas in education and how those ideas are formed through ideologies relating linguistic rights and choice. Specifically, her
dissertation research is based on how children are socialized into ideas about Papiamento/u and Dutch in secondary education in Aruba and Curaçao. She also observes how those ideas are debated and contested on Facebook through conversations about language policies in education. Through this, she will examine how notions of identity are informed by these ideologies about language on the islands. Wiel has also served as the Vice President of the Anthropology Graduate Student Association at Temple and has been an active member of CSA since she first presented in Curaçao in 2011.
Kristina Hinds holds a PhD in International Relations (London School of Economics), an MA in International Relations (University of Kent), a PGDip in University Teaching and Learning (University of the West Indies) and a BA in International Development Studies (St. Mary’s University). She has lectured in Politics, International Relations and Integration Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI) since 2006. At the UWI, she served as coordinator of the MSc Integration Studies and spearheaded the development of the undergraduate International Relations programme. Hinds has published work on civil society, gender, IMF related political protest and information and communications technologies (ICTs), all in connection to regional integration and governance in the Caribbean. In January 2019 she published a book entitled Civil Society Organisation, Governance and the Caribbean Community (Palgrave MacMillan). She is an active member of the International Studies Association (ISA) and the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA). Within the ISA she served as the Latin American and Caribbean representative of the Global South Caucus (2015-2017), co-chair of the Global South Task Force (2017-2018), Women’s Caucus Member-at- Large (2019-2021) and Communications Officer of Latin America and Caribbean Region (2019-2020). Within the CSA Hinds currently serves as Programme Chair for the association’s 45th Annual Conference to be held in 2020. Outside of academia, Kristina Hinds is active in sports and the arts. She is a field hockey goalkeeper and has represented Barbados as a member of the National Women’s Field Hockey Team (2015: Pan American Challenge Cup -silver medallists-; 2018: Central American and Caribbean Games – 4th place-). She also served as the Female Vice-President of the Barbados Hockey Federation (2016-2018). Additionally, Hinds is a dancer and currently serves as the Company Secretary of the Barbados Dance Theatre Company, with which she has danced since childhood.
Mala Jokhan is the Research Specialist with the International Co-operation Desk, Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago, and teaches in the Sociology (undergraduate) and Child, Adolescent and Youth Studies (graduate) Programs at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Open Campus, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Specializing in migration, family, childhood and cultural studies, she volunteers as a Research Associate in the Rights of Children and Youth Partnership (RCYP) Project: Immigration Dynamics (Caribbean-Canadian Immigration); a Ryerson University and UWI, Mona and St. Augustine collaboration. With a special interest in Caribbean scholarship, she is a member of the Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS), the Executive Council of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) in the position of CSA Secretariat (SALISES, UWI, St. Augustine) and also serves on the Examination Committee of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) as an Assistant Chief Examiner of Sociology for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). She holds a PhD in Social Policy from the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), UWI, St. Augustine. Her research interests mainly include transnational migration and globalization; unemployment, poverty and social wellbeing; childhood and youth; family and caregiving; children of migrants; public healthcare for migrants; migration of healthcare professionals; migration and the spread of communicable diseases; immigrant youth (identity and adaptation); Caribbean ethnicity and culture; Caribbean diaspora; environmental migrants; immigration policies, parent-child separation and reunification; human trafficking; anti-trafficking policy development and interventions; social policy formulation and reform.
Dwaine Plaza is a Professor of Sociology in the School of Public Policy. From 2016-2018 he served as an Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. In 2019 he was elected to serve as the Faculty Senate President. He has been at Oregon State University for twenty-two years and teaches a wide slate of classes both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His teaching includes: Race and Ethnic Relations, Globalization, Social Justice, Cross Cultural Issues, Applied Research Methods, International study abroad, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods. He has written extensively on the topic of Caribbean migration within the international diaspora, gender and STEM education, critical pedagogy, and ethnic relations in Canada.
Meagan Sylvester is a Senior Lecturer with responsibility for the Research Methods and Sociology academic programmes at the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies in Trinidad and Tobago. Specialising in Labour Market Research, she has held positions on cabinet-appointed government sub-committees with responsibility for providing baseline survey data and monitoring and evaluation for national labour market sectors at The Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development in Trinidad and Tobago.
From a sectoral standpoint, her focus is on the creative industries sector with music as the focal point of her research and publications. To date she has published over fifteen book chapters and journal articles and is a well known public academic in her native Trinidad and Tobago where she uses both traditional (television, print and radio) and social media platforms to engage discussions on the Calypso and Soca musical artforms. Her research topics of interest are Music and National Identity in Calypso and Soca, Music of Diasporic Carnivals, Narratives of Resistance in Calypso and Ragga Soca music, Steelpan and kaisoJazz musical identities, Gender and Identity in Calypso and Soca music and Music and Human Rights in the Americas. As a Music Sociologist she has a consultancy practice in which she provides her clients with insight into the sociological framing of society using the lens of lyrics as the main unit of analysis. In addition to this, she has hosted scholarly workshops on music and culture in Europe, Latin America, South America, the United States and the Caribbean.
Academically, she has recently completed a Ph.D. in Sociology of Music at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. She has professional memberships in international organizations which include the Society for Ethnomusicology, the International Association of the Study for Popular Music, Caribbean Studies Association and the Association of Black Sociologists.
Her public engagement portfolio and is as follows: (i) Education and Research – She is a board member of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation – TUCO and holds the position as Director, Education and Research. (ii) Finance – She holds a committee board position at the UWI Credit Union. (iii) Communications and Information Technology – she is an Executive board member of the Caribbean Studies Association – CSA. She holds two positions on the CSA board, namely Chair, Newsletter Committee and Co-Chair of the Digital Media Network Committee.
Demonstrating her passion for volunteerism, she is a committee member for three organisations which focus on women a) the Powerful Ladies of Trinidad and Tobago (PLOTT), b) The Association of Female Executives of Trinidad and Tobago (AFETT) and c) Caribbean Women Honours and Empowerment.