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Institute for Gender and Development Studies


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Lecturer & IGDS Graduate Studies Coordinator


Ph.D. (University Florida), M.A. (Florida Atlantic University), B.Sc. (Nova Southeastern University)

Biography

Dr. Angelique V. Nixon is a Bahamas-born, Trinidad-based writer, artist, and scholar-activist. She is a Lecturer and Graduate Studies Coordinator at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at The UWI St. Augustine. Her research and teaching areas include Caribbean and postcolonial studies, African diaspora literatures, gender and sexuality studies, tourism and diaspora studies, and transnational migrations. Dr. Nixon holds a Ph.D. in English and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies and Gender Research from the University of Florida, where she specialised in Caribbean and African diaspora literatures and postcolonial, feminist and gender studies. She also holds a MA in English and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Florida Atlantic University and a BSc in Accounting and Minors in Humanities and Global Studies from Nova Southeastern University. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Africana Studies focused on “Migrations and Theories of Africana” at New York University. 

Angelique’s research, poetry, and artwork have been published and featured widely. She is author of Saltwater Healing – A Myth Memoir and Poems – an art and poetry chapbook collection (2013). Her scholarly book Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture (2015) won the Caribbean Studies Association's 2016 Barbara T. Christian Award for Best Book in the Humanities. Her current research investigates Caribbean freedom, social movements and decolonial poetics at the crossroads of climate and migration crisis and unsustainable development. Angelique has been active in Caribbean movements for social and environmental justice for over a decade, and is committed to intersectional queer feminist praxis, decolonial politics and Black liberation. Currently, she is director of the feminist LGBTI civil society organisation CAISO: Sex and Gender Justice, Trinidad & Tobago.

“In your work, be accountable to the space and community.”

 

Teaching

Undergraduate courses taught
  • GEND 2104 / FILM 2101 Gender and Cinema
  • GEND 3039 / SOCI 3039 Gender and Development with Reference to Caribbean Society
Postgraduate courses taught
  • GEND 6100 / 7100 / 8100 Sexualities, Bodies and Power
  • GEND 6102/7102/8102 Feminist Epistemology and Methodology
  • GEND 6105 Key Issues in Gender and Transformation in the Caribbean 
  • GEND 6106/7106/8106 Research Design and Methods
  • GEND 6010/7010/8010 Advanced Feminist Theory (Reading Course) 
Currently supervising
  • PhD, Jacelle Alexander
  • PhD, Joanne Briggs
  • MPhil, Gina Grenado
  • MSc, Psyche Gonzales
  • MSc, Karyn de Freitas 
  • MSc, Giselle Butcher
  • MSc, Jonelle Jones
  • MSc, Alicia Wallace
Completed supervising
  • Nataki Lewis, IGDS MSc Research Project. ““Hair Stories – The Interpretations of Mine, Ours, and Your Hair from an Afro-Trinbagonian Women’s Perspective.” Submitted September 2019. Passed.
  • Shelley Santiago. IGDS MSc Research Project. “Exploring Women’s Unequal Geographies of Gendered Displacements in Post-Earthquake Haiti.” Submitted October 2018. Passed with Distinction.
  • Renuka Anandjit. IGDS MSc Research Project. “Exploring the Absence of Abortion Services in the Public Health Sector: Implications for Rural Women in Guyana.” Submitted July 2018. Passed with Distinction.
  • Yolanda Simon. IGDS MSc Research Project. “HIV+ Women and the HIV Epidemic in Trinidad and Tobago.” Submitted July 2018. Passed. 
  • Tivia Collins, IGDS MSc Research Project. “The Politisation of Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Assessing the 1995 Medical Termination Pregnancy Act in Guyana.” Submitted June 2016. Passed with Distinction.
  • Rachel Thomas, IGDS MSc Research Project. “Bare-ing Witness: Uncovering Black Women’s Experiences of Police Violence in Militarized Communities.” Submitted June 2016. Passed with Distinction.

 

Research

Areas of Specialization
  • Caribbean and Postcolonial Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • African Diaspora Literatures and Cultures
  • Postcolonial and Feminist Theories
  • Gender, Sexuality, Race, and Popular Culture
  • Tourism and Development Studies
  • Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Transnational Migration
Research Actiivities
  • Project Lead Researcher for European Commission-Funded Grant – Awarded to the University of the West Indies, IGDS St. Augustine Unit as the Technical Lead: “Respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms in Trinidad and Tobago” (Europe/Aid/151167/DD/ACT/TT).
    The Project is titled: “A Sexual Culture of Justice: Strengthening LGBTQI & GBV Partnerships, Capacity & Efficacy to Promote & Protect Rights in Trinidad and Tobago”. In formal partnership with Six LGBTI and feminist civil society organisations (CAISO: Sex and Gender Justice, Friends For Life, I Am One Trinidad & Tobago, The Silver Lining Foundation, Womantra, and Women’s Caucus of Trinidad & Tobago). Project start date April 2017, end date March 2021.
    Project Outputs include 7 Work Packages and 18 Activities: Training and Workshops; Research and Outreach Activities; Cross-Learning and Intersectional Actions; Ongoing Public Campaigns; Policy and Legislation Advocacy; Project Website and Knowledge Online Portal
    Project Website and Knowledge Online Portal (Launched 2018): portal.caribbeansexualities.org
     
  • IGDS Lunchtime Seminar – “The Problem of Rights – Movements for Gender and Sexual Justice in the Caribbean
Manuscript in Preparation

Book Project – Working Title: “Submerged Freedom and Decolonial Justice: Caribbean Sexualities, Migrant Politics and Climate Crisis” - Scholarly Book, In Progress.

Edited Issues in Progress for Refereed Journals
  • Nixon, Angelique V. Co-Editor with Carole Boyce Davies. “Caribbean Global Movements.” The Black Scholar. Special Issue. In Progress. Forthcoming 2021.
  • Nixon, Angelique V. Co-Editor with Sue Ann Barratt. “Reading, Writing, Seeing Gender in Media.” Caribbean Review of Gender Studies. Special Issue. In Progress. Forthcoming 2021.

 

Outreach

Media Interviews

International  

  • Radio Interview and Podcast. “The Legacy of Colonialism in Caribbean Tourism.” The Takeaway with Tanzina Vega. WNYC Public Radio. 13 January 2020.
  • BBC Radio Interview. “Dorian’s Destruction is hurting the Bahamas’ most vulnerable.” Interview with Marco Werman, PRI’s The World (produced by BBC World Service.) 12 September 2019. 
  • TV Interview. Trinidad LGBT+ Protest. TeleSur. Hosted by Soyini Grey. 9 April 2018.
  • Podcast Interview. New Books in Caribbean Studies. Resisting Paradise. 2 December 2016.
  • Magazine Interview. Griots Republic. Issue #4. Global Sex and Sexuality. Interview with Ebony Booth about Resisting Paradise. (April 2016).

National (selected)

  • Internet Radio Interview. Over the Hump. TriniGoodMedia. “Black Lives Do Matter.” 4 June 2020.
  • TV Interview. The UWI TV. Gender and COVID-19 Response. 14 May 2020. (Air Date TBD)
  • Radio Interview. 95.5FM. Interview with Ardene Sirjoo. On IWD Women’s Rights Rally. 4 March 2020.
  • Radio Interview. 102 FM. Interview with Tony Frazier. On Same Sex Parenting. 15 January 2020.
  • TV Interview. CCN TV6 Evening News. Bahamas Relief Drive. Trinidad and Tobago. 18 September 2019.
  • Radio Interview. 102 FM. Host Andy Johnson. Discussion on Climate Change, Hurricane Dorian and Relief Efforts. Trinidad and Tobago. 15 September 2019.
Print Media
  • Nixon, Angelique V. “Black Lives Matter – What does it mean for us in the Caribbean?” Stabroek News. 16 June 2020.
  • Nixon, Angelique V. “Caribbean Vulnerability and Survival in Times of COVID-19.” Stabroek News. 27 April 2020.
  • Nixon, Angelique V. “Missing, Deported or Uncounted – Who Matters After Dorian?” Stabroek News. 6 January 2020.
  • Nixon, Angelique V. “What Does It Mean to Survive After Dorian? On Caribbean Disasters, Development and Climate Crisis.” Stabroek News. 30 September 2019. Reprinted in Repeating Islands. 4 October 2019.
  • Nixon, Angelique V. “When the Apocalypse is Now: Climate Crisis, Small Island Disasters and Migration in the Aftermath of Dorian.” Stabroek News. 9 September 2019. Reprinted in Pree Lit Issue 5. 2020.

 

Publications

Books 
  • Nixon, Angelique V. 2015. Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture. Jackson, Mississippi: The University Press of Mississippi.
  • Nixon, Angelique V. 2013. Saltwater Healing – A Myth Memoir and Poems. Art and Poetry Chapbook, Handbound Letterpress, Limited Edition. Nassau, The Bahamas: Poinciana Paper Press.
Edited Issue - Refereed Journal
  • Nixon, Angelique V. 2015. Co-Editor with Rosamond King & Lawrence La-Fountain-Stokes. “Love | Hope | Community: Sexualities and Social Justice.” Sargasso: Caribbean Journal of Language, Literature and Culture. Special Double Issue 2014-15, Volume I & II. (released 2016)
Commissioned Article
  • Nixon, Angelique V. 2016. “Troubling Queer Caribbeanness: Embodiment, Gender, and Sexuality in Nadia Huggins’ Visual Art.” CQV - Caribbean Queer Visualities - A Small Axe Project. Curated by David Scott, Erica Moiah James, Nijah Cunningham. pp. 100-113. (CVQ Online Catalog released in 2017)
Book Chapters - recent
  • Nixon, Angelique V. 2020. “Innovative Methodologies for Studying the Productivity and Well Being of Working Men and Women.” Connecting the Dots: Work • Life • Balance • Ageing. Eds. Patricia Mohammed and Cheryl Ann Boodram. Ian Randle Publishers. pp. 17-24.
  • Nixon, Angelique V. and Rachel Taylor. “Work Life Balance – Reflections on Health and Well Being”. Connecting the Dots: Work • Life • Balance • Ageing. Eds. Patricia Mohammed and Cheryl Ann Boodram. Ian Randle Publishers. pp. 41-57.
  • Nixon, Angelique V. 2019. “On Being a Black Sexual Intellectual: Thoughts on Caribbean Sexual Politics and Freedom.” Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital. Eds. Adrienne D. Davis and The Black Sexual Economies Collective. University of Illinois Press. pp. 237-249.
  • Nixon, Angelique V. 2016. “Seeing Difference – Visual Feminist Praxis, Identity and Desire in Indo-Caribbean Women’s Art and Knowledge.” Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought: Genealogies, Theories, Enactments. Eds. Gabrielle Hosein and Lisa Outar. Palgrave MacMillan. pp. 171-191.
Journal Articles (selected)
  • Nixon, Angelique V. 2016. “Sex, Work, Trade in the Caribbean: Challenging Discourses of Human Trafficking.” Commentary in Special Issue – Countering Human Trafficking. Social and Economic Studies 65:4. Edited by Kamala Kempadoo. pp. 83-91.
  • Nixon, Angelique V. 2015. “In Search of the Erotic: Boundaries of Male Same-Sex Desire in Caribbean Film.” Black Camera. Volume 6, Issue 2. pp. 168-186.
  • Nixon, Angelique V. and Rosamond S. King. 2013. “Embodied Theories: Local Knowledge(s), Community Organizing & Feminist Methodologies in Caribbean Sexuality Studies.” Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, Issue 7. pp. 1-16.

 

 

Associations & Memberships

Board of Directors
CAISO: Sex and Gender Justice

Co-Director
Caribbean IRN

Conference Program Committee
Caribbean Studies Association

Member
Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars

Member
National Women's Studies Association

 

 

 

 

 

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