Alissa Trotz

Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto
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Alissa Trotz is an Associate Professor in Women and Gender Studies, and Director of the undergraduate Caribbean Studies Program at New College.

Her research interests draw on the Caribbean and its diasporas as a point of departure for exploring the wider resonance of questions that emerge from the incredibly complex site of colonial encounter that comprises this region.

She also edits a weekly column, In the Diaspora, in a Guyanese daily The Stabroek News.

Alissa Trotz is currently working on two projects: Violence and security in the contemporary Caribbean; and a SSHRC-funded grant on history, memory and violence in colonial Guyana. Her essays have appeared in a number of journals, on such topics as transnational feminism and the Caribbean (Caribbean Review of Gender Studies), Caribbean migration and diaspora (Global Networks; Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism); historicizing the Caribbean family (Social and Economic Studies; New West Indian Guide); gender, coloniality and violence (Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism) and the gendered politics of neoliberalism, social reproduction and women’s activism (Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies). She guest-edited, with Aaron Kamugisha, a special issue of Race and Class to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade (2007); with Kate Quinn, a special issue of Macomѐre on women and national political struggles in the Caribbean (Fall 2010) and is currently editing, with Deborah Thomas, a special issue of Social and Economic Studies on feminist epistemologies of violence in the Caribbean. She is a member of Red Thread Women’s Organization in Guyana.

Country(ies) or Region(s) of Specialization: The Caribbean

Keywords: Diaspora and Transnational Migration, Gender and Political Economy, Social Movements, Transnational feminism, Violence and Memory