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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).
Chenzira Davis Kahina respectfully known as “Dr. Chen” is a media technologist, cultural ethnographer, educator, artist, naturopathic therapist, ordained priestess, and author. She completed studies in Education, English, Journalism/Communications, Educational Technology, Cognitive Technology, Naturopathic Counseling, and Interdisciplinary Studies at Rutgers University (B.A.), Pepperdine University (M.S.), University of California San Diego (PhD Fellow), and the International University of Natural Health (Ph.D.) respectively complimented with interdisciplinary regional and international certifications. Davis Kahina is the author, researcher, and contributing editor of multiple essays, commentaries, progressive anthologies, and comprehensive transcultural projects inclusive of Cognitive Trends of Education for African Caribbean Americans (1998); Listening to Ancestral Wisdom: Sacred Conch Shell Inspirations (2004); Three Queens of the Virgin Islands (Chautauqua/Play: 2005); Heritage Education Arts Legacy-HEAL© (2013); The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde (By Dr. Gloria I. Joseph: 2015- Contributing Editor); Queens of the Virgins (Ethnodocumentary film: 2017); and other peer-reviewed and digital media publications annually. Davis Kahina is the co-founder of Per Ankh (House of Life)—an NGO promoting and teaching Culture, Health, Arts, Technology and Education for Life, Inspiration, Freedom and Education (CHATS4LIFE©). Complementary to her proactive Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) membership for nearly 10 consecutive years, Davis Kahina serves in leadership and active membership positions within several regional and international organizations inclusive of yet not limited to: AST Circle; AQMW© International; Per Ankh Bamboula Drummers and Dancers; God’s House International (GHI); Global Breadfruit Heritage Council (GBHC); Heirs to Our Oceans (H2OO™); Caribbean Pan African Network (CPAN); MACISLYN Bamboula Dance Company; Music In Motion School of Higher Dance Education© (MIM); Virgin Islands Cultural Heritage Institute (VICHI); St. Croix Foundation for Community Development-Non Profit Consortium (SCF-NPC); Virgin Islands Architecture Center for Built Heritage and Crafts (VIAC); Toastmasters International™ (St. Croix TM 933); and others. Davis Kahina is the director of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC), Marketing/Sales Manager for WUVI Radio Media, and a member of the teaching faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI)- the only Historically Black College and University in the Caribbean and a Land Grant Institution.
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. 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.
Kristina Hinds is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill. She holds a PhD in International Relations (LSE), 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 published a book, Civil Society Organisations, Governance and the Caribbean Community, as well as journal articles and book chapters on a variety of areas relating to Caribbean governance and International Relations/Political Economy. Hinds has served on varied bodies within the International Studies Association (2015-2021) and as the Caribbean Studies Association’s Programme Chair (2019-2021). She is one of the hosts of “Down to Brass Tacks”, a Barbadian current affairs radio show; has represented Barbados as national Field Hockey Goalkeeper; and served as the Female Vice-President of the Barbados Hockey Federation (2016-2018).
Patricia Saunders is Associate Professor of English at the University of Miami. She is also the Senior Co-editor of Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, an open access peer reviewed journal. Her book publications include Alienation and Repatriation: Translating Identity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007). She is also the co-editor of Music. Memory. Resistance: Calypso and the Literary Imagination (Ian Randle Press, 2007). Her current scholarship focuses on consumer culture and the production of the Caribbean region in films, hip-hop and dancehall music, visual art and “sista-girl” literature. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including The Journal of West Indian Literature, Small Axe, Plantation Society in the Americas, the Bucknell Review, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies and Feminist Studies. She is completing a manuscript entitled Buyers Beware: Insurgency and Consumption in Caribbean Popular Culture is forthcoming with Rutgers University Press.
Regan Reid is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Juvenile Justice program at the Prairie View A&M University in Texas, United States. She is also a graduate assistant working under the supervision of Camille Gibson (PhD) and is involved in collaborative projects with the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Centre and the Campbell Collaboration. Her current research interests include child-rearing and family processes in Jamaica, youth behavioural health, mental health, bullying behavior, juvenile justice policy analysis and management, economic development, sustainability risks, and opportunities.
Regan earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science (major) and Criminology (minor) and a master’s degree in International Public and Development Management from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. For her M.Sc. research, Regan wanted to better understand the (consumer) debt culture among emerging adults and its implications for sustainability, specifically in a developing country (Jamaica). She received an outstanding final research paper (2018-2019) award from the University of the West Indies, Mona, for that research.
In the past three years, Regan has worked as a teaching and graduate research assistant for the Public and Policy Management Unit in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies. She taught Criminology, International Relations, Public Policy and Management, and Political Science at the undergraduate levels. She also worked as an assistant lecturer in International Perspectives on Regulations and Regulatory Reform at the graduate level before being contracted by the Ministry of Health and Wellness (Jamaica) as an administrative research specialist to produce a draft white paper around the national health infrastructure.
Regan is a former postgraduate representative and faculty representative of the Society of Future Policy Leaders, UWI Mona. She also volunteered with and was appointed as the chair of the policy and advocacy unit, Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN). Today she serves as a global peace ambassador with the Global Peace Chain (Non-profit Organization).
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.
Dr Eleanor Henry currently lectures in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies – Mona, in the areas of Leadership, Political Leadership in the Caribbean and serves as the course coordinator for the Political Strategy and Management (with internship) programme.
Eleanor is a practised and skilled project manager with years of public and private sector experience, who also is responsible for planning and facilitation of a number of international conferences in Jamaica, Colombia and Brazil
She believes in and supports the democratic process, by producing national political debates in Jamaica, across the Caribbean, in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Dr. Stacey-Ann Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and the Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Mona Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Centre (MECC) at UWI Mona. She is a co-founder of a digital fabrication lab (makerspace) in Jamaica and Canada. Dr. Wilson is a political scientist who focuses on issues relating to global political economy, identity and culture, community development, and technology for development. She is a tech enthusiast and a social entrepreneur who was recently named one of the top 50 Caribbean Women in Tech by SiliconCaribe.