Kristina Hinds is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science and Head of the Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus. Dr. Hinds was sworn into the Senate of Barbados as an Independent Senator in April 2022. She holds a PhD in International Relations (LSE), an MA in International Relations (University of Kent), a PGDip in University Teaching and Learning (UWI) and a BA in International Development Studies (St. Mary’s University). She has published a book, Civil Society Organisations, Governance and the Caribbean Community; journal articles; and book chapters on a variety of topics relating to Caribbean governance and International Relations/Political Economy. Hinds has served extensively within the International Studies Association since 2015 and will serve as a vice president effective March 2023. She worked as the Caribbean Studies Association’s Programme Chair (2019-2021) and currently serves on its executive. Hinds is a host of “Down to Brass Tacks”, a Barbadian current affairs radio show; has contributed newspaper columns and social and political analyses for media across the Caribbean; has represented Barbados as national Field Hockey Goalkeeper; has served as the Female Vice-President of the Barbados Hockey Federation (2016-2018); and in advisory and executive positions for other local non-governmental organisations.