I cannot recall a time when history did not interest me. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, I grew up witnessing the complex legacies of colonization, slavery, imperialism, proselytization, indentureship, resistance, nationalism, and independence doing so in one of the most ethnically diverse islands of the region. Understanding the history of my nation and my region helped me find my own place in the world. Today, I engage with many other histories. I value their importance knowing that so many stories - particularly those of people who still remain on the margins - remain to be found, told, interpreted, and acknowledged.
I hold a Ph.D. in U.S. History from York University in Toronto, Canada. In 2008, I was honoured to be awarded theInaugural Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies in the Department of History at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In September, 2009, I joined the Department of History at Essex where I lecture on race, gender, and sexuality in modern U.S. history.
Poetry and Academia:
I am also a published poet. My work was first published in Trinidad and Tobago. I debuted as a Toronto poet through Diaspora Dialogues--a non-profit organization directed to bringing immigrant and multicultural voices to a central position in the Canadian literary scene. My work appears in Tok 1: Writing the New Toronto Narrative; Cahoots Magazine; Descant; Sentinel Poetry; Monday's Poem; ditch poetry,and In My Bed Magazine. My first chapbook of poetry entitledSunday Frownswas published in 2008 by Trainwreck Press.
Intersections between my academic and creative work can be found in my work. These include two poems, Strange (2013) and Brown (2006).
Strange, in Proudflesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics and Consciousness, Special Issue, Caribbean Women: Riding the Waves of Resistance, No. 8 (August 2013).
Brown, Calabash, A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters, Vol 4, no. 1 (Spring-Summer 2006): 21.
I am always excited when my work reaches larger audiences.
Shana Burg, Novelist, Interview.
Undergraduate Supervision (Thesis Prize)
Lauren Mason, The Help? Uncovering the Social Realities of the African American Domestic Worker. 2013.
Jennifer Axcell, African American Entertainment Venues and the rise of classic and urban blues during the First Great Migration, 1915-1920. 2012.
James Gatheral, The Chequered Roots of Multicultural Britain. Nominated, 2011
Claire Sims,From Separate Spheres to Pioneers of Environmental Justice: Overcoming Barriers of Gender, Race and Class; Women and the Environmental Movement in the United States. University of Essex, History, In Progress.