Institute for Gender and Development Studies


Head of Department & Lecturer



Dr. Sue Ann Barratt is Lecturer and Head at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. She is a scholar of human communication and gendered expression and interaction. Dr. Barratt interrogates gender-based violence, especially as it manifests through social discourse. In addition, she explores the nuance and significance of social identities, such as race/ethnicity, for example through her most recent book, “Dougla in the 21st Century: Adding to the Mix”. In general, Dr. Barratt’s research extends to human communication conflict, social media use and its implications, mental health management and its implications for learners, gender and climate adaptation/resilience, and Carnival and cultural studies.  She is dedicated to building gender responsiveness and gender justice within society.   

"Think outside of the box to make the invisible visible."



Undergraduate Corses taught
  • GEND 2109: Social Media and Gender
  • GEND 2203: Feminist Theoretical Frameworks
  • GEND 1331: Sex, Gender and Society
  • GEND 3038: Gender, Ethnicity and Class 
Guest Lecturing
  • LAW 3260: Gender and Law (guest lecturing)
Postgraduate Corses taught
  • GEND 5002/6003/7002/8002 – Philosophy of Gender in Caribbean Thought
Graduate Students Supervising
  • Mphil - Jade Trim
  • Mphil - Khailah Bernard
  • Mphil - Keston Forde (recent transfer)
  • MSc Project - Althea Francis-Syriac
  • MSc Project - Richianne Daly
  • MSc Internship - Gloria Sones
  • MSc Internship - Kim Noel
  • MSc Internship - Simone Clement
  • Mphil LCCS, Faculty of Humanities - Sade Lazaar
Graduate Supervision completed
  • MSc IGDS UWI  Annehara Guy
  • MPhil IGDS UWI  Maria Jaikaransingh
  • MSc UTT  Maurice Halfide
  • PhD LCCS, UWI  Alana Smith


Areas of Specialization
  • Communication Conflict and Gender Based Violence
  • Interpersonal Interaction
  • Mass Media and Computer Mediated Communication
  • Social Media and User Generated Content
  • Gender and Ethnic Identities
  • Person Perception
  • Feminist Studies
  • Carnival Studies

Conference Presentations

  • Presenter, Where we going with soca? Evaluating An Art Form through Machel Montano’s music. Carifesta’s Journey Round Myself Symposium - Moderation of panel presentation. August 2019
  • Plenary Speaker and Panelist - Conference:  Feminist Futures in the Global South: Research, Activism and Creativity.  Winter Meeting 2020. Sociologists for Women in Society.  January 30 to February 2 2020, San Diego, California. 
  • Attendee Caribbean Planetary Health Conference, January 2020, Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI St. Augustine Campus. 
  • IGDS Lunchtime Seminar  Perceptions of Gender Identity and Interpersonal Communication Conflict, November 2014
  • Paper presented which addressed UN policies on violence against women and the role communicators have, at the conference of the International Association of Women, Radio, and Television in Nicaragua, November 2014





Workshops and outreach 
  • Presenter Men, Masculinities, and Climate Change: Online Workshop, April 2020
  • Facilitator, IGDS Gender Sensitivity Training Workshop for Media, With the Office of the Prime Minister. January, 2020
  • Advanced Counselling Training, Rape Crisis Centre, Roles and Responsibilities – Women, Men and Gender, Gender-The Impact of Gender on Behaviour, November 2019
  • Panelist, Shipping Association of Trinidad and Tobago, World Maritime Day 2019 Commemorative Symposium and Reception, Hyatt Regency Hotel, September 27th, 2019
  • Presenter and Interviewer (Soca Artiste Fayann Lyons-Alvarez), First Citizens WOMEN FIRST Changing the Narrative 2: Gender Messaging in Popular Culture, October 2019
  • Expert Trainer, “Gender Stereotyping and Access to Justice”, Judiciary Training, Judiciary Educational Institute, November 2019  
  • Panellist on AFETT's Can't We All Just Get Along: discussion on gender in the workplace, May 2017
Media Interviews and appearances



Book - Co-Authored 
  • Barratt, Sue Ann, and Ranjitsingh, Aleah. Dougla in the 21st Century: Adding to the Mix. University of Mississippi Press, 2021. Consulting Editor – Lisa McMurtray
Book Chapters published
  • Barratt, Sue Ann. “Boundless Heterogeneity: ‘Callaloo’ Complexity and the Measurement of Mixedness in Trinidad and Tobago”The Palgrave Macmillan International Handbook of Mixed Racial and Ethnic Classification. Editors: Rocha, Zarine L., Aspinall, Peter J. (Eds.)  Palgrave MacMillan, 2020.
  • S. Barratt What’s in a Name?: Nicki Minaj, Indian In/visibility and the Paradox of Dougla Feminism. Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought: Genealogies, Theories, Enactments. Eds. Gabrielle Hosein and Lisa Outar. Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.
Reviewer for Journals 
  • Journal – Affilia – 2019 and 2020
  • Book Review One - Misogyny: The New Activism Ukockis, Gail. (2019). Misogyny: The New Activism. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780190876340 $9.29.
  • Book Review Two - Mothering While Black Dow, Dawn Marie. (2019). Mothering While Black: Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood. Oakland, CA: University of California Press. 252 pp. ISBN: 9780520300323 (paperback) $29.95.
Editor of Journal 
  • Co-Editor with Angelique Nixon. Special Issue of Caribbean Review of Gender Studies. “Reading, Writing, Seeing Gender in Media.” In Progress.





  • Book - Edited Collection - Barratt, Sue Ann, and Attai, Nikoli. Eds. “‘Free Up Yuh Self’: Transgressive Bodies and Contestations in the Carnivalesque” Publisher – Duke University Press
  • Book - Edited Collection - Barratt, Kai, and Barratt, Sue Ann.  Eds. “‘Look Trouble Now”: Machel Montano and the Politics of Culture and Industry in Soca Music” Publisher – UWI Press
  • Journal Article - Barratt, Sue Ann. “Find Your Anchor”: Navigating Mental Illness and Academic Achievement”.  CRGS Issue on Disability, Mental Health and Disablements. 
  • Book Chapter - Barratt, Sue Ann.  Contending with Binaries: Rethinking Mixedness Through the Caribbean Dougla Body, Editors : Encarnacion Guitierrez-Rodriguez, Rhoda Reddock. Title: Decolonial Perspectives on Entangled Inequalities: Europe and The Caribbean“. Anthem Press
  • Book Chapter - Barratt, Sue Ann.  Are We There Yet? Contemporary Struggles for Gender Justice and the Legacy of Caribbean Feminisms, Editors: Josephine Beoku-Betts and Akosua Adomako Ampofo. Title:  Producing Inclusive Feminist Knowledge: Positionalities and Discourses in the Global South, Emerald Publishing Company UK, Advances in Gender Series.  


Appointments & Memberships

RC32 Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean
The International Sociological Association. 2020 

Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)

International Communication Association (ICA)

International Sociological Association (ISA)

International Association for Media and Communication (IAMCR)



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