I am an assistant professor of Geography and African-American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. The postcolonial formulary of the Caribbean and its Diaspora are core to my work. For that reason my research focuses on the experiences and articulations of everyday individual subjectivity, the circumstances of state economic underdevelopment, and of the ethical notions that are produced by the comprehensive condition of impoverishment.

 
 

SCAMMER'S YARD

In my first book project, Scammer's Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica, forthcoming this year from University of Minnesota Press, I explore how structural and enduring poverty in Jamaica is responded to through crime. In Scammer's Yard, criminality serves as a reparative mechanism made logical by the recognized crime of underdevelopment induced by the postcolonial economic stricture of structural adjustment.

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ONTOLOGICAL LABOR, RACIAL CAPITALISM

In this article racial capitalism is argued to be a fundamentally ontologizing process. This point is advanced through the central role of labor in the ontological foundations of post-emancipation Caribbean subjectivity. Thus, the structural definition of Caribbean identity can be understood as one defined by racial capitalism’s instrument of labor.

The article demonstrates how scammers, through criminal manipulations of development are able to reconcile longer histories and broader circuits of inequality through contemporary gain, producing a novel sense of postcolonial repair

FEATURED ARTICLES

This article is concerned with the ways in which discourses of rights serve to destabilize indigenous logics when used for gains in the market. It does so through examining a Rastafarian tour group who uses their participation in the tourism market to challenge what they believe are infringed cultural property rights. As a means of commercially defending these rights, the group employs a discourse of indigeneity.

This article explores how participation in cooperatives seeks to accomplish an ideal form of the market through the constitutive ethics of organization and skill development. Through the employment of a rhetoric, which emphasizes the importance of skill development and organization as a means of accomplishment the article shows to what extent cooperative ideologies, or imaginaries, serve to legitimize, console, or even frustrate the economic function of cooperation.

In this article, I consider the formulation for a decolonized curriculum by assessing what constitutes a 'colonial' education, especially one that is deserving of decolonization.  I suggest a decolonized curriculum draws on diaspora theory and the framework of the Black Radical Tradition.

Jamaica craft vendors interpret the competition of fellow vendors as animosity. Understood through the trope “bad-mind,” this article examines an ethnicized framing of the market as a construct through which inferences of citizenship and racial discourses are produced.

Museum of the African Diaspora. Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox.

Dartmouth College. Department of Geography. Releasing a Tradition, Decolonized Curricula.

The British Library. Eccles Summer Scholars Lecture Series. Reparations and the Reordering of Transgression in the Jamaican Lottery Scam. 

 

University of Amsterdam. Spatial Imaginaries of Jamaican Organised Crime Symposium. The Jamaican Lotto Scam: Crime, Capital, and Citizenships Reconfigured.

New York University. Reparative Seizure and Postcolonial Deferral in the Jamaican Lotto Scam. Institute for Public Knowledge.

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Museum of the African Diaspora. Beyond Feathers & Glitter: The Beating Heart of Carnival. 

Stanford University. Department of Anthropology. Postcolonial Promissory: Reparations, Seizure, Deferral and the Jamaican Lotto Scam.

UCLA. Race and Capitalism Symposium, Discussant.

 

The Penn Wharton China CenterBeijing. China in the Caribbean/The Caribbean in China.

  

UC Davis. The Geography Graduate Group. Reparative Circuits: Techno-logics of Postcolonial Geographies in the Jamaican Lotto Scam.

 

Columbia University. South Seminar; Department of Anthropology. Reparative Circuits: Reparations and Seizure in the Jamaican Lotto Scam.

 
 

I started the Berkeley Black Geographies Project in 2016 after joining the Geography Department at the University of California, Berkeley.  With faculty colleagues, Brandi Thompson Summers and Sharad Chari, the project is now a collaborative effort working to advance a contemporary understanding of Geography and other disciplinary analyses of spatial relations through the centering of Blackness as an encompassing  framework.

As a product of the project, Camilla Hawthorne and I are co-editing The Black Geographic:Praxis, Resistance, Futurity, forthcoming with Duke University Press.

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