Born in Trinidad, I entered Canadian academia via the University of Waterloo. There, I completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s, before moving to Queen’s University where I did my doctoral work. My primary area of interest is Postcolonial literature, with special expertise in Caribbean and African literature. I am currently preparing a manuscript that maps the transnational connections between Austin Clarke and Samuel Selvon. I have more recently started working on a project that considers the legacy of indentureship not only in the Caribbean but in connected locations like Mauritius and Fiji. In both of these projects, I am uncovering connections and relationships that complicate conceptions of rigid national borders.
Areas of Research
Postcolonial literature and theory; transnationalism; immigration; Caribbean literature; African literature; literature of the South Asian diaspora
- “‘Bread Like Peas’: The Gastronomical Dialogue of Austin Clarke and Sam Selvon.” The Puritan (Spring 2017). Special Issue, ’Membering Austin Clarke. Ed. Paul Barrett.
- “Archived Relationships: Pierre Bourdieu and Writers of the Caribbean Diaspora.” Bourdieu and Postcolonial Studies. Ed. Raphael Dalleo. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2016.
- “Assuming Niceness: Private and Public Relationships in Drake’s Nothing Was the Same.” Co-authored with Dale Tracy. Popular Music 34.1 (2015): 94-112.
Brief Teaching Philosophy
I encourage students to think of the classroom not as a space in which we prepare for the so-called real world, but as a consequential and purposeful space in the real world. It is a resource-rich, creative, hopeful space with varying levels of connections to other spaces where meaning is determined. In this space, we use an accumulation of diverse opinions, skills, and experiences to combine literary theory and practice; to use literature to become conscious of social realities; to consider our relationships with the realities of others; and to understand overlapping systems of injustice and resistance and our involvement in them.
- ENE 150 University Writing Skills (ALOY)
- ENE 210 Reading in the Contemporary World: 1900 to the Present
- ENE 484 Postcolonial Literature