In 2016 I accepted a tenure track position as a Lecturer in Communication Studies in the Department of Literary, Cultural, and Communication Studies at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. This was shortly after completing my doctoral studies at Simon Fraser University's School of Communication, where I also taught as a Sessional Instructor from 2011. My research is multi-disciplinary in nature as I blend sociology, economics, and philosophy to study the relationship between power and wealth, and more specifically, the relationship between the market and the state in light of the post-war historical factors that have shaped them. This interest in ethics and exploitation guides efforts to understand social inequality and the political economy of life chances as shaped by the state formation process and the institutions its begets.
My dissertation, Luck and Liberty, uses luck egalitarianism to assess the struggle over economic resources as it is shapes accumulated disadvantage. I developed a principle called “the quality of prospects” to argue that amelioration of social inequality and hardships faced by groups burdened by discrimination requires a major redistribution of life chances, but where redistribution is based on a supple appreciation of what luck is, and how it is institutionally produced. A second interest is in the US state’s encroachment on digital and civil liberties and the political scramble for positions within the digital mode of production exacerbates social inequalities. I have a book scheduled to be published by the University of Westminster Press in March 2017 on this topic.
My research and teaching interests include ideology, democratic theory and practice, the digital mode of production, as well as governance and institutional politics. I have diverse theoretical influences, ranging from post-war Marxism and Southern African post-colonial thought, to Anglo-American liberalism and civic-republicanism. You can read more about my current projects here. My geographic areas of expertise and focus is the historical conflict between Anglo-American interests in Southern Africa and the contention and resistance thereof.
Although I primarily considered myself an institutional ethnographer who examines regional case studies, my methodological toolkit has expanded to include conceptual analysis and Marxist historiography. More recent skills include comparative quantitative methods as growing expertise in SPSS and GIS software and work with econometric data sets. I draw upon these skills to teach an upper division research methods case where I supervise students undertaking pilot ethnographic field research studies. As for myself, I undertake research that has a strong foundation in empirical research methods and a policy-oriented approach to remedying inequality. You can access and read many of my scholarly publications through my Academia.Edu page.
On the personal side of things, I like to do a little bit of alpine free climbing when I get the chance.