We are pleased to announce that Kevin Edmonds will be serving as acting director of Caribbean Studies, from January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021, while Dr. Rodriguez is on a well-earned research and study leave.

Kevin Edmonds is currently a CLTA in Caribbean Studies, at New College. He is a prolific author, having published 4 articles in key refereed journals (Race and Class, Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy, International Socialism, and Journal of Critical Sociology), 8 book chapters, in such venues as The Future of U.S. Empire in the Americas and The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism, and 6 working papers on such issues as election policy in Haiti, legalization of cannabis and its impact on the Caribbean. He is also a public intellectual, with 16 recent news articles, including most recently the impact of COVID-19 of migrant agricultural workers, and 17 TV/Radio appearances. In 2020-2021, Kevin holds the June Larkin Award for Pedagogy, to develop podcast pedagogies for Caribbean Studies, and New College. He has received multiple other awards, including awards from SSHRC, OGS, IDRC, SSRC, and others. He has taught for Caribbean Studies since 2015, served on the Caribbean Studies Advisory Board, and last year served as faculty liaison to CARSSU, the Caribbean Studies Student Union, supporting a re-launch of their academic journal.

We are also delighted to announce that Kevin successfully defended his dissertation, “Legalize it? A comparative analysis of the cannabis economies of St. Vincent and St. Lucia” in December 2020.

Please join us in congratulating Kevin!