204C Alumni Bldg.
On Leave 2012-2013
Area of Interest:
Globalization and Place; Race, Ethnicity and History; Social Movements; Critical Development Studies; Gender; Public Anthropology; the Caribbean; the U.S. Southwest
Ph.D., University of Florida
Research & Activities:
Present Research: I am interested in the intersection of global processes, configurations of place and rural place identities; shifting notions of race; and social movements. I have worked in the Eastern Caribbean exploring how farmers used collective action and individual narratives about place and nation to engage critically with neoliberal policies affecting their livelihoods. Currently, I am examining the significance of race, place and history within rural and historic African American towns in the U.S. southwest. In this project, I am interested in the diverse and shifting ways that race, memory and history are mobilized to define the towns in the 21st century.
I am also working on a project about the work of "Chicago School" sociologist, Mozell C. Hill, examining Hill's arguments regarding black "utopian" movements, "white culture," and the contexts shaping U.S. race relations.
Ethnography and Black Communities, Anthropology of the Caribbean, Afro-Caribbeans and the U.S., Writing and Publishing in Anthropology, Public Anthropology, Contemporary African American Issues, Globalization and Resistance, Black Feminist Theory
2009 “Situating Whites and Whiteness in the Work of Mozell C. Hill.” Transforming Anthropology. 17(1):34-38.
2008 “Critical Explorations of Gender and the Caribbean: Taking it into the Twenty-first Century,” (co-authored with Tanya L. Shields) Identities: Global Studies in Power and Culture. 15(6): 687-702.
2008 "Caribbean Studies, Anthropology, and U.S. Academic Realignments.” (co-authored with Deborah Thomas) Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society 10(2): 123-137.
2007 Caribbeanist Anthropologies at the Crossroads: Revisiting Themes, Revising Concepts. Special journal issue co-edited wth Deborah Thomas. Identities: Global Studies in Power and Culture. vol .14. no. 1/2.
2007 "Situating Sugar Strikes: Contestations of Race and Politics in Decolonizing St. Lucia." Identities: Global Studies in Power and Culture 14 (1/2): 39-62.
2006 Free Trade and Freedom: Neoliberalism, Place, and Nation in the Caribbean. University of Michigan Press.
2005 "Globalisation, the Nation, and Labour Struggles in St. Lucia's Banana Industry." In: Revisiting Caribbean Labour Studies: Essays in Honour of O. Nigel Bolland. Constance Sutton, editor, pp. 98-117. Ian Randle Publishers.
2003 "Rethinking Global and Area Studies: Insights from the Caribbean." American Anthropologist (105)3: 553-565. (co-authored with Deborah Thomas)
2003 "Discourses and Counter Discourses on Globalization and the St. Lucian Banana Industry." In: Banana Wars: Power, Production, and History. Steve Striffler and Mark Moberg, editors, pp.306-357. Duke University Press.
2001 "Negotiating Identity and Black Feminist Politics in Caribbean Research." In: Black Feminist Anthropology: Theory, Praxis, Poetics, and Politics. Irma McClaurin, editor, pp. 126-149. Rutgers University Press.
Affiliated and Emeritus Faculty