What are my academic interests?
During the pre-tenure part of my career, I was broadly interested in issues related to immigrant incorporation and social stratification. In general, I studied how documented and undocumented immigrants become incorporated into the socioeconomic fabric of American society. In the next phase of my career, I will finish up several projects in the same area, then turn my attention to HIV/Aids stigma and its relationship to sexual risk behavior in Guyana, South America. This issue is important because Guyana has one of the highest prevelances of HIV infection in the Caribbean. The degree to which HIV/Aids stigma contributes to the increase of HIV/Aids in Guyana is woefully understudied and therefore worthy of study. My work in all of these areas is exclusively quantitative, causing me to rely on statistical information from large and small data sources.
Why these areas?
One's scholarly research is most often related to one's personal experiences. I'm an immigrant. I was born in Jamaica and grew up in Guyana, South America and in the Commonwealth of Dominica (in the West Indies). After coming to this country, my family had to participate in the same "race to the middle class" in which all immigrants participate to one degree or another. As such, issues surrounding immigrant incorporation, social stratification, and health outcomes in the Caribbean are deeply personal.