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Tavis JulesPresident: Tavis D. Jules

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).

E-mail: president@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Eris Schogurgh

Vice President: Eris Schoburgh

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).

E-mail: vice.president@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Catalina Toro Pérez

Immediate Past President: Catalina 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, 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.

Recent Publications:

  • 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.

E-mail: toroperez.catalina1@gmail.com

Mala JokhanSecretary: Mala Jokhan

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.

Email: secretariat@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Dwaine PlazaTreasurer: Dwaine Plaza

Dwaine Plaza is the Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. He is a Professor of Sociology in the School of Public Policy. In 2014/2015 he served as the President of the Caribbean Studies Association and led the conference to Merida Mexico. He has been at Oregon State University for twenty 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, research methods, and ethnic relations in Canada and the United States.

Email: treasurer@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org


Nikoli ArraiNikoli Attai

Dr. Nikoli Attai is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. His current research includes the curation of an archive of Trinidad and Tobago’s queer history, tracing legacies of queer community making and resistance in the Caribbean. Dr. Attai is also currently working on his first book manuscript, tentatively titled Queering LGBT Human Rights Activism in the Anglophone Caribbean and is co-editing an anthology of essays titled Free Up Yuhself: Transgressive Bodies and contestations in the Carnivalesque. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Cultural Studies from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Trinidad and Tobago, and a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication from the University of the West Indies, Mona Jamaica. 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.

Email: nikoli.attai@gmail.com

Samuel Furé DavisSamuel Furé Davis

Dr. Furé Davis teaches courses in English language, Anglophone Caribbean and diasporic literatures, English-Spanish translation, Caribbean Popular Culture and Cultural Theory in the School of Foreign Languages at the University of Havana.  Prior to his present post, Professor Furé Davis taught Spanish language and translation at the University of Ghana, and the Ghana Institute of Languages in Accra, Ghana.  A very active member of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) for the past 17 years, Professor Furé Davis was the winner of the “Pinos Nuevos” Prize in 2000 for his essay Cantos de Resistencia. He has written and published numerous articles and papers about Rastafari, reggae, Cuban racial issues, Caribbean-Canadian poetry among other themes; his publications have appeared in Cuban, Caribbean, U.S., and European journals. His most recent book, La Cultura Rastafari en Cuba, (Editorial Oriente, 2011) was awarded the Catauro Cubano prize by the “Fernando Ortiz” Foundation.  Moreover, his recent research interests have led him to conduct research on the intellectual tradition of the region, including Marcus Garvey, on Cuba’s popular consciousness and migration-determined family narratives, among other aspects.

Email: psfure@flex.uh.cu

Fatimah Jackson-BestFatimah Jackson-Best

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.

Email: fatimahzjackson@gmail.com

Raymond Laureano-OrtizRaymond Laureano

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 (Tobago, Bahamas, Cuba, Barbados, and San Andrés, Colombia), and Europe (the UK and Spain). His first publications as a historian have emerged since 2018 in academic journals and books published in Puerto Rico, Haiti and Cuba. His Ph.D. 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 postdoctoral researcher to the Latin America Center of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and as a visiting researcher to two other Puerto Rico-based institutions: the Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico and the Jesús T. Piñero Library & Social Research Center at the Ana G. Méndez University – Carolina Campus (building the international-relations and economic-development document collection at the latter). He is linked as a researcher to current projects endorsed by CLACSO (Latin American Council of Social Sciences) and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Initiative. He is also collaborating as a professor, researcher, and coordinator of initiatives with two Puerto Rico-based institutions: the School of Liberal Arts and General Education of the Ana G. Méndez University – Gurabo Campus and the new Master Program in International Relations and Diplomacy of the Center for Advanced Studies on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. He has been part of multiple boards (both as president/chair and other roles) in professional organizations (like the Puerto Rico College of Engineers & Land Surveyors, and the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers – Puerto Rico and Caribbean Chapter), academia, and other non-profit entities dedicated to technology & economic development and the promotion of entrepreneurship & innovation thru professional-development, event-coordination, and community-building initiatives. He is currently the Secretary-Treasurer for the Executive Council of the Puerto Rico Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA-PR), member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Caribbean Studies based in the United Kingdom (SCS-UK) and Professor and Researcher at Ana G. Méndez (Gurabo Campus) in Puerto Rico.

Email: raymond.laureano@gmail.com

Myriam Moise Myriam Moise

Myriam Moïse is an Associate Professor of English at Université des Antilles in Martinique, and a permanent researcher at the Laboratoire Caribéen de Sciences Sociales, CNRS-UMR 8053. She holds a Doctorate from Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle and a PhD Literatures in English from University of the West Indies St Augustine. She is a member of ACWWS (Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars) and of SAES (Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur) in France. Her research fields include Postcolonial studies, Gender studies, Diaspora Studies and Discourse Analysis, with a special focus on the literary and artistic production by women of the African Caribbean Diaspora in North America. She has published a number of book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, among which Commonwealth Essays and Studies, PoCoPages, Vertigo and Routledge Atlantic Studies. She is currently a 2018 Fulbright finalist and is engaged in various research activities in the Caribbean and the Americas, including a Partner University Fund Project with Louisiana State University on the representation of slavery by contemporary artists and writers across the French Caribbean and Louisiana.

Email: myriam_moise@hotmail.com

Meagan SylvesterEditor, Newsletter: Meagan Sylvester

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.

Email: newseditor@caribbeanstudiesassociation.org

Graduate Student Representative: Keisha Wiel

Keisha Wiel is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at Temple University with a concentration in linguistic anthropology. She holds an M.A. from the University of Central Florida in Anthropology as well as a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of North Florida. She received a Future Faculty Fellowship at Temple University, which allowed her to pursue her studies. 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, she researches 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.