I have been fortunate enough to make a vibrant career out of my lifelong love of reading and passion for literature. I am a scholar of Caribbean literature and cultural studies. I earned my PhD in English Literature from University of Maryland – College Park in 2011. After living in the United States for more than 12 years, for academic study and later for a number of professional opportunities including Assistant Professor of English at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC, I made a decision to return to the Caribbean in search of work and life that more closely aligned with my intellectual and personal interests. I was certain at the time that the result would simply be one academic book project and a bit of community work. I was wrong in the best possible ways.
In 2014, I founded Create Caribbean Research Institute, the first digital humanities or digital scholarship academic center in the English-speaking Caribbean. The Research Institute supports students and scholars to use digital technologies for research, teaching and learning in areas of Caribbean development, especially its culture, history and heritage. The emphasis at the Institute is on identifying and successfully completing projects that apply technological innovation toward social and economic development. Create Caribbean’s initial partnership with Dominica State College presented a range of opportunities for collaboration and professional development that would enhance and expand the institute, DSC and higher education in Dominica. As the Director of Create Caribbean, I am the curator of a number of public digital research projects focused on preserving Caribbean heritage and culture.
In August 2016, I began my role as Registrar & Dean of Academic Affairs at Dominica State College, working as DSC’s chief academic officer. I also worked as Dominica State College’s Director of Institutional Research and Academic Instruction, with responsibility for shaping and developing DSC’s internal profile for accreditation, grant funding and other opportunities for expansion, particularly related to curriculum development and academic support for faculty. I also taught courses within the English and History Departments, including the course I designed with Create Caribbean interns in mind – Digital Humanities Research. It is the first DH course of its kind to be offered in a Caribbean college.
I now work as Research Officer, School of Graduate Studies and Research, at The University of the West Indies. This position provides me with immense opportunity to help build Caribbean studies and Caribbean intellectual production within the region and to align the work in digital scholarship relevant to the region that I have prioritized at Create Caribbean.I’m now completing my book manuscript entitled West Indian Readers: A Social History, a historical exploration of reading culture in the Caribbean to be published with Papillote Press, based in London, UK and Dominica.
This website is a space to share updates and insights on my various projects and on the topics and issues that matter to people of the Caribbean and the African Diaspora.