Professor Rhoda Reddock
Rhoda Reddock is a Professor of Gender and Development, and Deputy Principal at the St. Augustine Campus, a position she has held since August 2008.
Professor Reddock holds a Bachelors of Science in Social Administration from the UWI St. Augustine and Mona (1975), a Masters of Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague (1980), and a Doctorate in Social Sciences (Applied Sociology) from the University of Amsterdam (1984). She began her academic career as a Lecturer at Cipriani Labour College from 1976 to 1978, and moved on to the post of Associate Lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague from 1979 to 1982. Professor Reddock’s career at the UWI began in 1985, when she became a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, UWI St. Augustine Campus, and then a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology in 1990.
Actively involved in the process leading up to the institutionalisation of gender studies at the UWI, she was the Head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies (now the Institute for Gender and Development Studies) at the St. Augustine Campus from 1994 to 2008. Her publications include seven books (two award-winning), three monographs, four special journal issues and over fifty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
Professor Reddock’s research has been interdisciplinary, and reflects her commitment to multi-disciplinary collaboration with colleagues. A concern with social justice has been a core theme in her work. Her first, academic publication, “Prison Education in Jamaica”, published in 1976, was the result of a year-long, undergraduate, research exercise in two Jamaican prisons. Her focus then shifted to work, labour and women’s social and political history, as reflected in her master’s and doctoral research. Since then, her research output has revolved around the themes of gender, ethnicity and nationalism, masculinities, sexualities, women and social movements, and environmental studies.
Awards & Honours
Her awards include the following:
- UWI Vice Chancellor’s Award for All-Round Excellence in Teaching and Administration, Research and Public Service in 2001;
- The Seventh CARICOM Triennial Award for Women in 2002;
- The US Department of State International Woman of Courage Award 2008; and
- An Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Western Cape in Bellville South Africa
Past honorees of the University of the Western Cape include Nelson Mandela, Basil Davidson, Oliver Tambo and Graca Machel. The University Chancellor is Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, he took over this post from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who served the university for over 25 years.