What are my academic interests?
During the early 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 turn my attention to perceptions of social threat from HIV/AIDS and its relationship to precautionary sexual behavior in sub-Saharan Africa. This issue is important because of the growth of the HIV epidemic in Africa, especially in southern African countries. The degree to which people's perceptions of the social consequences of HIV/AIDS affects their private sexual behaviors 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 are deeply personal.