I have two projects in progress.
1) Policing in the Eastern Caribbean, 1834-1962
This project is being completed with support from a three-year grant (2009-2011) from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. It will examine the emergence and development of policing in the Eastern Caribbean with a focus on Trinidad, Barbados and the Leeward islands. In particular, it will focus on the origins, recruitment, training, deployment and organization to provide a social history of policing. It also explores not only the relationship between the institution and the state, but the relationship between the police and all of the components of colonial society. This work uses the police as a site to explore the representations and instabilities of the state and policing as a lens to analyze the dynamics and tensions of colonial society.
2) Colonial Port-of-Spain & the Steelband Movement: Casablanca
This study will look at the social tensions of a colonial urban space (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad) using a particular steelband group (Casablanca) as a lens for exploring the ways in which social order, gender relations, and community were reconstructed by way of the steelband movement in Trinidad and Tobago.