Institute for Gender and Development Studies


Professor of Gender, Social Change and Development


Rhoda Reddock is Emerita Professor of Gender, Social Change and Development and former Deputy Principal of The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago. She also served as Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, St. Augustine in its formative years, from 1994-2014. After undergraduate studies at the UWI, she completed her Masters at The Institute for Social Studies, The Hague and her Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam. Her multi-disciplinary research interests include gender and feminism, women’s social and labour history; gender and social movements; Radical Caribbean social thought, environment, development, masculinities, culture, ethnicity and identity and sexualities. Prof. Reddock’s publications include eight books, three monographs, four special journal issues and over seventy peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

“As someone who has been privileged to work in this field for over thirty years, I am continuously humbled by its complexity and by its rich possibilities for enabling a deeper comprehension of so much of the human condition.”


Areas of Specialization

  • Gender and feminism
  • Women’s social and labour history
  • Gender and social movements
  • Radical Caribbean social thought
  • Environment
  • Development
  • Masculinities
  • Culture
  • Ethnicity and identity
  • Sexualities



Board member RC05 Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity 2018-2022

Board Member, Research Committee 05 (Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity), International Sociological Association (ISA)

Board Member, Trinidad and Tobago Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Member, Executive Committee, International Sociological Association (ISA) 2018-2022

Member, United Nations Committee on CEDAW – 2019-2023   Gov.TT  |  Daily Express June 2018

International Advisor, The Global Fund for Women

Honorary Member, Research Network - Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformation (QDFCT), Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany




Recent media

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Power 102 – Black Lives matter can be applied to T&T June 17, 2020 Audio

Interview with Hema Ramkissoon, Support needed for parents facing challenges with child care​. 2019 CNC3 Television

Presentation "Child Sexual Abuse and the Complexities of Gender, Power and Sexuality" H. Lavity Stoutt Community College  March 2017. 

Presentation "Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities: Retrospects and Prospects" Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas, Houston, 2015. YouTube

UWI/NGC Award - Most Impacting Research - Prof. Rhoda Reddock and Dr. Sandra Reid. “Breaking the Silence” A Multisectoral Approach to Preventing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse and Incest in Trinidad and Tobago. 2014 YouTube


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Conversation - "20th Century Left Feminisms: A Decolonial Reading"  Research Network in Queer Studies, Decolonial Feminisms and Cultural Transformations (QDFCT) Rhoda Reddock and Carole Boyce Davies – Caribbean Left Feminism- Giessen  2019  Researchnet

Keynote Presentation - National Symposium on The Family - “Supporting Families as the Bedrock of Society” 2018  PowerPoint

Feature - Professor Rhoda Reddock: The Struggle Continues “Working for Social Justice and Gender Equity”  Creole Magazine, 2015  Link


Media Commentary

Commentary – Trinidad Express – Child sexual abuse — gender, sexuality and public health, Nov 28, 2019

Opinion Trinidad Express – It’s the social sector, stupid! The conundrum of contemporary violence, January 19, 2020 Express

Presentation "Gender and Higher Education" 100th Anniversary Lecture Series, Girls High School, St Vincent and the Grenadines. 2010. Professor: Schools are violent places to many boys. Searchlight










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Elma Francois, The NWCSA and the Workers Struggle for Change in the Caribbean, New Beacon Books, London 1988.

Women, Labour and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago: A History, London, Zed Books, 1994.

Women Plantation Workers: International Experiences (Co-edited with Shobhita Jain), Berg Publishers, Oxford and New York, 1998 

Caribbean Sociology: Introductory Readings (Co-edited with Christine Barrow), Ian Randle Publishers, Kingston, 2001.

Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities: Theoretical and Empirical Analyses, The UWI Press, Kingston 2004

Sex, Power and Taboo: Gender and HIV in the Caribbean and Beyond, Ian Randle Publishers, Kingston and Miami, 2009 (co-edited with Dorothy Roberts, Dianne Douglas and Sandra Reid)


Refereed Book Chapters

Up Against a Wall: Muslim Women’s Struggle to Reclaim Masjid Space in Trinidad and Tobago”, in Aisha Khan (ed.) Islam and the Americas, Gainesville, University Press of Florida, 2015, pp. 217-248.

Conceptualizing Sex/Gender Diversity: Considerations for the Caribbean” in Marjan De Bruin and R. Anthony Lewis (eds.) Gender Variances and Sexual Diversity in the Caribbean, Kingston, The UWI Press, March 2020.

Indo-Caribbean Masculinities and Indo-Caribbean Feminisms: Where are we Now?” in Gabrielle Jamela Hosein and Lisa Outar (eds.) Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought: Genealogies, Theories, Enactments, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 263-282.Select reports



Radical Caribbean Social Thought: Race, Class Identity and the Postcolonial Nation” Current Sociology, Vol. 62 No. 4, July 2014, pp. 493-511  

"“Split me in Two”:  Gender, Ethnicity and Race-Mixing in the Trinidad and Tobago Nation” in Global Mixed Race, edited by Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain, Stephen Small, Minelle Mahtani, Miri Song, Paul Spickard, New York, NYU Press, 2014, pp. 44-67

Child Sexual Abuse and the Complexities of Gender, Power, and Sexuality” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29, April, 2020, DOI 10.1177/0886260520909193, pp. 1 –33 (with Sandra Reid and Tisha Nickenig).

Competing Victimhoods: a framework for the analysis of post-colonial multi-ethnic societiesSocial Identities, Volume 29, No. 6, April 2019, pp. 809-827.

Action research improves services for child sexual abuse in one Caribbean nation: An example of good practiceChild Abuse and Neglect, February 2019 Issue 88m pp. 225-234. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.11.018. Epub 2018 Dec 8 (with Sandra Reid and Tisha Nickenig)\

Reivindicando Soberania em Regimes de Cativeiro: Mulheres, Genero E Sistemas Escravistas Caribenhos” in Adriano Pedroso, Amanda Caneiro and André Mesquita (eds.) Histốrias Afro-Atlἆnticas Vol. 2 Antologia, Sao Paulo, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo and the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, 2018

South Asian Plantation Histories and their Enduring Legacies: Indian and Atlantic Ocean Connections” in Development and Change, Volume 48, Issue 1, January 2017, pp. 189–200.



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