Institute for Gender and Development Studies


Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies


Professor Patricia Mohammed, Emeritus Professor at the University of West Indies, is a key thinker in Caribbean feminist theory and has been involved in feminist activism in the Region since 1979.  Full Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies since 2005, she has supervised and taught on gender and development, film and in cultural studies, and devoted decades of service to the University, including the development of educational courses and research programmes, retiring as the First Director of the School for Graduate Studies and Research of the St Augustine campus. She was the First Head of the Mona campus Unit, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Jamaica and on her relocation to Trinidad in 2002 served variously in this capacity. Her scholarly contributions include over 100 publications in journals, edited books and media, including self-authored books Imaging the Caribbean: Culture and Visual Translation (2010; Macmillan Education), and Gender Negotiations Among Indians in Trinidad: 1917-1947 (2001; Palgrave). Forthcoming works include a collection of essays co-edited with Cheryl Ann Boodram (Connecting the Dots: Life. Work. Balance. Ageing, Ian Randle Publishers, 2020) and Writing Gender in the Caribbean: Selected Essays 1988-2020 (Hansib Publications). Since 1986, Professor Mohammed has also been involved in the production of films and other media on gender and cultural issues.  In 2016 co-authored with Rex Dixon the illustrated book Travels with a Husband, (Hansib Publishers, UK).  In 2018, she was recognised as one of the University of the West Indies 70+ Outstanding Women graduates of UWI in its 70th anniversary.  In 2019 she was awarded a Gold Medal from the President of Trinidad and Tobago for her contribution to the country on Women and Development Issues. 

“Two things concern me the most. The first thing is how we learn to manage the concept of gender equality. It is as if we’ve accepted equality in principle, but the management of it is very problematic. We now have to build this component into many programmes. The second thing is the undervaluing and continued misunderstanding of the importance of gender as a fundamental category of social analysis that informs the way a society functions and progresses. It needs to be taken more seriously and become entrenched in mulitiple spheres and not relegated as a personal battle between the sexes on the personal plane. Gender is still seen as something you add on, but the real importance of it is as a new way of thinking, transforming lives and a new world view is still to be realised."


Areas of Specilization 

Gender and Caribbean History

Gender, Policy Development and Implementation

Gender and Cultural Studies

Visual Thinking

Gender, Film and Cinema


Current projects

Work/Life Balance; Its Impact on the Productivity of Working Men and Women and on the Wellbeing of Ageing Populations in Trinidad: Funded by the Research Development Impact Fund, UWI. 

Writing Project: A Biography of Janet Jagan, Commissioned by the Cheddi Jagan Research Institute of Guyana 



Media & Arts

Select projects

2019. Visual Heritage of the UWI – Photographic Exhibition of the History of growth and expansion of the St. Augustine Campus from 1922 to the Present. The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. Lloyd Braithwaite Building, Floor 1. Co-Curated with Chelsea Seetahal

2015. Advancing Knowledge: Impacting Lives. Series of 8 short documentary films on University of the West Indies Research published on Website of the  University and on DVD. Directed and Edited with Michael Mooleedhar

2015. City on the Hill: Laventille. Directors Patricia Mohammed and Michael Mooleedhar, Documentary, 45 mins, funded by the Research Development Impact Fund and produced as the visual supporting component of the UWI Research Project “Leveraging Built and Cultural Heritage of East Port of Spain” (Project Leader Dr Asad Mohammed) Winner of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival Most popular documentary award, 2015

2009. Coolie Pink and Green. Director Patricia Mohammed, Experimental Documentary 25 mins Winner of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival Most popular short film award, 2009



2010. Imaging the Caribbean: Culture and Visual Translation. Oxford, New York: Macmillan Education. 387p, 391 images. 

2001. Gender Negotiations Among Indians in Trinidad: 1917-1947. London / The Hague: Palgrave / Institute of Social Studies. 319pp.

1999. Co-authored with A. Perkins. Caribbean Women at the Crossroads: The Dilemma of Decision-making Among Women of Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominica. New York / Trinidad and Tobago:  UNFPA/IPP.F/WHR and Canoe Press: University of the West Indies. 140pp.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

2019. Beyond Geography or Closed-Circuit Ethnicities Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, 1-2(5):1-10

2018. The Pedagogy of Difference: Co-producing Feminist Consciousness across Borders Journal of International Women's Studies 3(19) 

2017. Great Adaptations: Green Days by the River moves to the silver screen Journal of West Indian Literature

2017. The Caribbean Visual Palette  Full Commissioned and Reviewed Article to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History, Oxford University Press

2017. The Point of No Return: Wendy Nanan as Post-Indenture Female visionary Artist in Trinidad Small Axe 53: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism

2016. Women’s/Feminist Activism in the Caribbean Peer Reviewed Entry in Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies

2012. Changing symbols of Indo-Caribbean femininity Caribbean Review of Gender Studies (No 7)

2009. The Asian Other in the Caribbean in “Blackness Unbound” Small Axe, 29, A Caribbean Journal of Criticism

2007.  Gendering the Caribbean Picturesque Caribbean Review of Gender Studies

2007. A Triangular Trade in Gender and Visuality: Considerations in the Making of a Cross-cultural Image Base, Feminist Africa

2004. Beyond the colonized boundaries of ethnicity in Trinidad CLR James Journal, Vol 9 No1

2003. Like Sugar in Coffee: Third Wave Feminism in the Caribbean Social and Economic Studies, Volume 52, No 3 

2000.‘But most of all me love me browning’: The Emergence of the Mulatto Woman as Desired in 18th and 19th century Jamaica Feminist Review: Reconstructing Femininities: Colonial Intersections of Gender, Race, Religion and Class, Special Issue No. 65, June 2000.



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