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gabrielle Hosein

Gabrielle Hosein

Graduate Studies Coordinator


PhD Anthropology (University College London) is a Lecturer at the IGDS. Dr. Hosein’s research areas of concentration include Governance and Politics, Caribbean Feminisms, Gender and Women’s Studies, Indo-Caribbean Gender and Ethnic Identities, and Sexualities. She has taught the following courses at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Introduction to Women’s Studies (GEND 1103), Feminist Frameworks (GEND 2203), Men and Masculinities (GEND 2013), Sex, Gender and Society (SOCI 3031), Gender, Ethnicity and Class in the Anglophone Caribbean (SOCI 3038). She is a member of the research team for the project, ‘Building Responsive Policy: Gender, Sexual Cultures and HIV & AIDS in the Caribbean’ and is Associate Editor of the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, which is part of the Making of Caribbean Feminisms research project. Selected publications include, ‘Activism in Academia: Twenty-first Century Caribbean Feminist Dilemmas’, Feminist Review 30th Anniversary Special Issue (2012);  ‘No Pure Place for Resistance: Reflections on Being Ms. Mastana Bahar 2000’ in Bindi, edited by Rosanne Kanhai, (UWI Press, 2010); ‘Food, Family, Art and God: Aesthetic Authority in Public Life’, in Anthropology and Individuals, edited by Daniel Miller, (Berg 2009); ‘Insider Experiences and Ethnographic Knowledge: Reflections from Trinidad’, in Fieldwork Identities in the Caribbean, edited by Erin Taylor (Caribbean Studies Press, 2009).

Areas of Specialization
  • Caribbean Feminism
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Masculinity Studies
  • Governance

Contact Information

E-mail: | Tel/ext: (868)-662-2002 ext.83568

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses:

Graduate courses:


Graduate Students Under Supervision

  • Pamela Rodney, PhD Candidate
  • Amilcar Sanatan, MPhil Candidate
  • Maria Jaikaransingh, MPhil Candidate
  • Wendy Alexander, MSc student
  • Sabrina Mowlah- Baksh, MSc student


Research Projects


Politics and Governance in San Fernando, Trinidad
This study is concerned with the relationships, values and actions that matter most to people. It examines how these inform their participation in public life. More specifically, this study looks at the ways women and men manage and engage with others, ideas, things, spaces, processes, institutions and habits. Finally, as part of exploring the political implications of informality, this study seeks to understand how people participate in, experience and negotiate different forms of authority. It explores how market vendors and police enforce legislation, how party activists and squatters depend on patronage, how women and men participate in associational life, and how both mas makers and local government officials compete to lead a national event. In each instance, and comparing them, the study delves into what individuals or groups think made sense or mattered and what kinds of authority weighed in on the moment. It then examines the implications for power and practices related to leadership, democracy, patronage, nationalism and gender.


Heteronormativity, Law Reform and Women’s Leadership in Trinidad and Tobago

This research examines the deeply ambiguous relationship between the masculinist state, women’s leadership and feminism by assessing the extent to and contexts within
which heteronormativity can be successfully challenged under the leadership of a woman Prime Minister. It explores the extent to which women’s expanding relationship to
state institutions opens and enriches the domain of feminist political possibilities by focusing on the progressive changes sought through law reform and, yet, the resulting production and criminalisation of adolescent same sex sexualities. Looking at the movement of discourses of protection and equality as well as of matrifocality, the research uses the case of the Children’s Authority Bill as an entry for reflecting on the politics of gender justice under the leadership of Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the implications for the sexual agency of girls coming of age in Trinidad and Tobago today.


St. Augustine Campus Research Programme