Faculty


Dr. Sandra Pouchet Paquet
Professor Emeritus, Department of English

Sandra Pouchet Paquet (Ph.D., Connecticut, 1977) is Professor of English at the University of Miami and the major faculty advisor in Caribbean Literary Studies. She teaches in the fields of Caribbean Literature, African-American Literature, and Women's Studies. She is the author of The Novels of George Lamming (1982), Caribbean Autobiography (2002), and co-editor of Music, Memory, Resistance: Calypso and the Caribbean Literary Imagination (2007). She has published numerous book and journal articles in Caribbean and African-American Literature, was guest editor of special issues of Callaloo ( "Eric Williams and the Postcolonial Caribbean" 1997), and Journal of West Indian Literature (Volume 8, Number 1: October 1998 and Volume 8, Number 2: April 1999). She was Director of the pioneering Caribbean Writers' Summer Institute at the University of Miami (1992-1996).

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Jamaican Painter Milton Messam (2001)
Images used with the permission of the
Gallery of West Indian Art

Dr. Patricia Saunders
Associate Professor of English

Prof. Saunders is an associate professor of English at the University of Miami. Her research and scholarship focus largely on the relationship between sexual identity and national identity in Caribbean literature and popular culture. Her work has appeared in The Bucknell Review, Calabash, Plantation Society in the Americas and Small Axe. She is the author of Alien-Nation and Repatriation: Translating Identity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature. Her book traces the emergence of literary nationalism in the Anglophone Caribbean and maps its transformations through discourses of exile, national and sexual identity, and Diaspora race politics in three cultural and political contexts: pre-independence Trinidad, post-independence Britain and the Civil rights era in the United States.




Affiliated Faculty Members


Dr. Lillian Manzor
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Dr. Lillian Manzor (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1988) is Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures. She teaches Latin American and Latino/a literatures and cultures, and Women's Studies with a focus on the Caribbean and its diaspora. She is the author of Borges/Escher, CoBrA/Cobra: Un encuentro posmoderno (1996) and Latinas on Stage (2000). She is currently finishing a book Marginality Beyond Return: Gender, Racial and Linguistic Politics in U.S.-Cuban Theater. She is advisor of the theater group La Ma Teodora and co-directed Miami's first International Monologue/Performance Festival (April 2001).


Dr. Tim Watson
Assistant Professor of English

Timothy P. Watson teaches and works in the areas of 19th- and 20th-century literature in English from Britain, the Caribbean, South Asia, and Africa.  He is the author of Caribbean Culture and British Fiction in the Nineteenth Century, 1780-1870.  He is the editor of a new edition of Cynric Williams' Hamel, the Obeah Man (originally published in 1827; forthcoming from Broadview Press).  His current research project is on the transatlantic 1950s, The Sun Also Sets: Transatlantic Culture at the End of the British Empire.  He is cofounder and co-convenor of the Atlantic Studies group at UM, and he is the North American reviews editor for the journal Postcolonial Studies.

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Current CLCS Students


Ann Marie Alfonso-Forero

Ann Marie Alfonso-Forero is a Ph.D. candidate in ethnic American and postcolonial literatures at the University of Miami.  Her work focuses on the manner in which postcoloniality affects identity formation in narratives of immigration to the United States.  Her dissertation is entitled, “Translating Postcolonial Pasts: Immigration and Ethnic American Identities in the fiction of Bharati Mukherjee, Elizabeth Nunez, and Jhumpa Lahiri.”

B.A. in English and Spanish, Boston University; M.A. in English, University of Miami (2005); Ph.D. in English, University of Miami

Lara Cahill-Booth

Lara Cahill-Booth is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. Her doctoral thesis is entitled, “Theater of the Arts: Textualities and Caribbean Narratives of Place” focusing on the embodiment and mythopoetics of place in Caribbean literature and performing arts. She was a CLS Research Assistant from 2007-2010, serving as the copy editor and managing editor of Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal and coordinating the 2007 conference “The Asian Experience in the Caribbean and the Guyanas.” She co-edited the Spring/Fall 2009 issue of Anthurium, “The Asian Experience in the Caribbean: A Special Double Issue,” featuring criticism, fiction, and artwork from that conference.

B.A. in English and Spanish, Virginia Tech, (2000); M.A. English in English, University of Miami, (2005); Ph.D. in English, University of Miami


Marta Fernandez Campa

Marta Fernandez Campa is a third year Ph.D. student in Caribbean literature at the University of Miami. Her work focuses on how different notions of ‘mourning,’ as well as politics of location can function as forms of critical (and ethical) engagement in Caribbean Anglophone and Hispanophone literature and visual culture. She has participated in conferences with the African Literature Association, University of Miami, Caribbean Studies Association and Caribbean Philosophical Association.

B.A. Complutense University, Madrid (Spain); DEA (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados, M.A. equivalent) in Caribbean literature in Britain; Complutense University, Madrid; Ph.D. in English, University of Miami Fulbright Student (2008-present)

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Yi Huang

Yi Huang is a Ph. D. candidate in English at the University of Miami. Her work examines the social and identity formations of Asian community in the Americas. Her dissertation is entitled, “Borderland without Borders: Chinese Diasporic Women Writers in the Americas.”

B.A. in English, Guangxi Normal University (1993); M.A. in English, Amoy University (2004); M. A. in English, University of Maine (2006); Ph. D in English, University of Miami

Elizabeth Kelly

Elizabeth Kelly is a second year Ph.D. student in Caribbean Literature at the University of Miami. Her work focuses on the relationship between contemporary Atlantic speculative fiction and fantastic elements of American and Caribbean slave narratives.

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, New York University (2005), M.A. in English, Florida Atlantic University (2008); Ph.D. in English, University of Miami

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Michelle Ramlagan

Michelle Ramlagan is a Ph.D. candidate in Caribbean Literature at the University of Miami. Her work focuses on literary representations of the environment in women's writing in the Global South. She is currently working on her dissertation entitled, “Ecofeminist Nations: Postcolonial Women's Contestations of Environmental Discourses.”

B.A. in English, Morgan State University (2004); M.A. in English, Tulane University (2006); Ph.D. in English, University of Miami

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Carmen Ruiz-Castaneda

Carmen Ruiz-Castaneda is a Ph.D. candidate in Caribbean Literature at the University of Miami. Her work focuses on the inter-relationships between the Caribbean and other postcolonial spaces. Her dissertation is entitled, “Three Poets and a Painter: The Baroque Imaginations of Jose Lezama Lima, Derek Walcott and Seamus Heaney.”

B.A. in English/Honors, Villanova University (2004), M.A. in English, University of Miami (2007); Ph.D. in English, University of Miami 

Josune Urbistondo

Josune Urbistondo is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. She was a CLCS Research Assistant for Spring 2010 and graduate student co-organizer of the Global Caribbean: Interrogating the Politics of Location in Literature and Culture Symposium. Her interests include gender, intelligibility, and belonging in contemporary Anglophone, Hispanophone Caribbean, and Latino Literature. Her dissertation is entitled, “Caribbean Bodyscapes: The Politics of Sacred Citizenship and the Transpersonal Body.”

B.A. in English, Florida International University (2003); M.A. in English and American Literature, New York University (2006); Ph.D. in English, University of Miami

Sydney Owens

Sydney Owens is a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of English. She was the CLCS Research Assistant for Fall 2010 serving as an assistant for Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal. Her interests include gender, sexuality, and transnationalism in contemporary Anglophone and Hispanophone Caribbean Literature.

B.A. in English, Southern Methodist University (2005); M.A. in English, University of Miami (2009); Ph.D. in English, University of Miami



Former Scholars



Nadia Johnson (2009)

“Modernizing Nationalism: Masculinity and the Performance of Anglophone Caribbean National Identity.”
Dissertation Chair: Prof. Patricia Saunders
Current Position: Faculty Member, Providence Day School

Sheri-Marie Harrison (2008)

Nationalism and Self-Representation: Negotiating Sovereignty in Jamaican Cultural Landscapes” Dissertation Chair: Prof. Patricia Saunders
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia

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Jessica Damián (2006)

“The Lucid Silver and the Glowing Ore: British Women Writers Mine South America, 1770-1860”
Dissertation Chair: Prof. Kathryn Freeman
Current Position: Associate Dean School of Liberal Arts, Associate Professor of English, Georgia Gwinnett College

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Marjorie Brooks-Jones (2004)

Womanspeak: The Caribbean Connection”
Dissertation Chair: Prof. Sandra Pouchet  Paquet
Current Position: Chair, School of English Studies, The College of the Bahamas Bahamian

Joanne Hyppolite (2004)

“Everybody's Folk: Constructions of Southern Black Folk Culture in Nineteenth Century Literature and Ethnography”
Dissertation Chair:  Prof. Sandra Pouchet Paquet

Prudence Layne (2003)

“Towards an Erotics of Hybridity: Bodies at the Crossroads of a Nation”
Dissertation Chair:Prof. Sandra Pouchet Paquet
Current Position: Assistant Professor at Elon University.

Andrea Shaw (2003)

“The Embodiment of Disobedience: Fat Black Women's Unruly Political Bodies”
Dissertation Chair: Prof. Sandra Pouchet Paquet
Current Position: Assistant Director of the Division of Humanities and Assistant Professor of English, Nova Southeastern University
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Debbie-Ann Navarrete (2004)

“Ecowomanism: A Beginning”
Dissertation Chair: Prof. Sandra Pouchet Paquet
Current Position:ABD

Kim Dismont Robinson (2003)

“Probing the Wound: Re-Membering the Traumatic Landscape of Caribbean Literary Histories” Dissertation Chair: Prof. Sandra Pouchet Paquet
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix.

Kathryn Morris (2002)

“Skirting History: Decolonizing Strategies in Caribbean Women's Literature”
Dissertation Chair: Prof. Sandra Pouchet Paquet
Current Position: Ransom Everglades

Yvette Fuentes (2002)

“Beyond the Nation: Issues of Identity in the Contemporary Narrative of Cuban Women Writing (in) the Diaspora”
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Lillian Manzor
Current Position: Associate Professor of Spanish, Nova Southeastern University
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Kezia Page (2002)

“Kingston 21: Diaspora, Migrancy, and Caribbean Literature”
Dissertation Chair: Prof. Sandra Pouchet Paquet
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Colgate University

Maria McGarrity (2001)

“Washed by the Gulf Stream: the Historic and Geographic Relation of Irish and Caribbean Literature”
Dissertation Chair:Prof. Zack Bowen
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English, Long Island University

Deborah Nester (2001)

“‘Gwine By:’ Colonial Women’s Travel Literature and the West Indian Marketplace”
Dissertation Chair: Prof. Sandra Pouchet Paquet

Lynn Chun Ink (2001)

Decolonizing the Tropics: Gender and American Imperialism in the Pacific and the Caribbean” Dissertation Chair:Prof Leslie Bow



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