Dr. Gelien Matthews

Lecturer and Head of Department

Office Room Number: 221

St. Augustine

Trinidad and Tobago

Telephone: 868-662-2002 ext. 3054

Email: gelien.matthews@sta.uwi.edu

Gelien Matthews read her PhD in Economic and Social History at the University of Hull, England having been the recipient of The Black Diaspora Scholarship in 1999. In 2012, she was the recipient of the prestigious UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award. In addition to several online and hard print articles on American and Caribbean history, she has two major publications; Caribbean Slave Revolts and the British Abolitionist Movement published in 2006 by the Louisiana State University Press and History of the Church of the Nazarene Trinidad and Tobago published in 2008. In the 2016 publication of Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro Latin American Biography by Oxford University Press, she successfully submitted nine entries. Gelien Matthews currently is the Head of Department,lectures in Caribbean, American and Gender History and coordinates the MPhil and PhD programme of the UWI History Department.


  • PhD in Economic and Social History (University of Hull, England)
  • B.A. Dip Ed, CUTL (UWI)

Research Interests

  • Resistance to slavery
  • History of the Church of the Nazarene
  • Women and Gender in Caribbean History
  • Cultural History of Trinidad and Tobago

Featured Work

Honours and Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar in the Multinational Institute of the Americas (MIAS) 2021/ 2022 programme/ Visiting Scholar New York University sponsored by the American Department of State
  • UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award (2012)

UWI Service

  • Worked in the Summer study abroad programme organized by the International Office of the UWI
  • Through that program, she has collaborated with Western Kentucky University, Georgia State University, West Florida State University, Kennesaw University, Hastings College, Albany State University, Lincoln State University and University of Arkansas
  • Coordinator MPhil/PhD History
  • Cross Campus Coordinator of the Senior Academic Seminars in History
  • Team Member of the Quality Assurance Exercise of the Department of History and Philosophy Cave Hill Campus, UWI November 2021

Public Service

  • Secretary, District Advisory Board, Church of the Nazarene, Trinidad and Tobago

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH), former Conference Coordinator of ACH, 2017 - 2021

Courses Taught

  • HIST 1703: Introduction to History
  • HIST. 2005: Caribbean Economic History
  • HIST. 2101: Latin American History from 1810 - 1910 HIST 2201: History of the US to 1865
  • HIST. 2201: History of the United States to 1865
  • HIST 2202: History of the US since 1865
  • HIST 3003: Women and Gender in the History of the English Speaking Caribbean

Graduate Students

  • Kelly Sambrano MSC (IGDS) October 2013 – “Black and Coloured women and white men in Jamaica”
  • Shana Marie Joseph – MA (History) – October 2021 - “Strategic Leadership Positions of Women in the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Trinidad – 1895 to the Present”
  • Andrea Ali – MA (History) – January 2021- “United States imperialism through the Caribbean Basin Initiative in Trinidad and Jamaica since 1943”
  • Kimberley Hunte - MA (History) –October 2019-“The Development of Secondary Education in Trinidad from the late 19th Century to 1956”
  • Ashleigh Morris – MA (History) October 2019 – “From Port to Prison: A study of the layered history of Nelson island 1797 - 1970"
  • Nikita Budree 2015 MA (History) October 2018 - “Carnival as a Form of Resistance to Colonialism: From Canboulay to the 1930’s”
  • Reann Gittens MA (History) October 2013 – “Stick Fighting in Trinidad”
  • Sheldon Sanchez MA (History) October 2013 – “Discrimination in Education against girls in Trinidad”
  • Janelle Duke MA (History) October 2012 – “The Mother Union of the Anglican Church”

Publications and Presentations

Dr. Gelien Matthews- publications.pdf

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