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I study migration and security with a focus on securitization. My work examines issues around borders (physical and symbolic), statelessness, race, ethnicity, and citizenship. I explore the roles of migration and security professionals, elite state actors, courts, civil society actors, and international organizations in constructing or contesting security-based narratives and frames of migrants and migration. I also study global governance, international organizations, human trafficking.
August 2019 - July 2022
- Assistant Lecturer
- Co-coordinator of the joint BSc./MSc. degree program offered by UWI, Mona; Sciences Po Bordeaux; and Université des Antilles. (Franco-Caribbean Program) [Filière intégrée - Caraïbes (Antilles & Jamaïque) | FIFCA] . Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses: International Organizations, International Law, International Political Economy
August 2013 - July 2016
- Special Instructor
- Teaching undergraduate courses in International Relations: International Organizations; Introduction to International Relations; International Security Issues; Latin American Politics and Development. Coordinator of Internship in International Relations Program
This article examines how narcotics came to be at the centre of US Foreign Policy in Latin America as of the latter half of the 20 th Century. The central role of narcotics, referred to as narcotisation, is evident in the case study of US-Colombia relations. It is argued that through the securitization of narcotics, the US adopted a national securi...
The anti-trafficking agenda has faced at least two main criticisms-it privileges criminal justice over human rights and it focuses excessively on sexual exploitation and prostitution. Human trafficking has historically been linked with sexual exploitation of women and children, and despite attempts to broaden the scope, these associations have pers...
Following the unsuccessful attempt to get a woman appointed as UN secretary-general in 2016 and the drop in women in senior posts in 2015, it appeared that gender equality at the UN was as distant as ever. Yet, gender equality within the Secretariat and UN system has been on the organization's agenda since 1970, with goals and target dates set for...
There has been intensive debate about the framing of human trafficking with scholars such as Janie Chuang and Elizabeth Bruch arguing it was ill-conceived to treat a predominantly human rights issue in a Protocol to the Convention on Organized Crime, under the aegis of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This paper explores the al...
This project explores the social construction of migration as a security threat, using the securitization theoretical framework. It comprises a case study of the Dominican Republic where an estimated 250,000 Haitian migrants and their descendants were rendered stateless by a 2013 ruling of the Constitutional Court on their right to citizenship. Mig...
Gender equality has long been a goal within the UN system, particularly for women’s representation among the professional staff. Yet it was more an aspiration than the target of serious action, let alone with leadership from the UN Secretary-General. It could not be addressed, however, without adequate data revealing women’s absences. Building a da...
This short piece in the quarterly publication of OBMICA zeroes in on the UK's migration and citizenship policy around the Windrush generation of migrants from the Commonwealth Caribbean. It explains the implications and outcomes of hardline, "hostile environment" policy for migrants and their descendants. (Both the original Spanish version and the...
This is my dissertation project which applies a critical security studies perspective to examining discourse and migration-security practices which engender and legitimize security responses to migration.