Byron Jessica

PhD. in Political Science (Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva)
B.A. and post graduate Diploma from UWI Cave Hill and UWI St. Augustine respectively.

Jessica Byron is Sr. Lecturer and Head of Department.  Dr. Byron’s academic interests include Small States and Global Society and Caribbean relations with the Americas and with Europe. Her teaching covers the International Relations of the Caribbean, the Comparative Politics of Latin America, Regionalism in a Globalized Age and International Organization. Before joining the UWI Mona in 1994, Dr. Byron lectured at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands. She has held visiting lecturerships at the Universite Antilles-Guyane in Guadeloupe, the Lim A Po Institute of Social Studies in Suriname and the Instituto de Estudios del Caribe, Universidad Nacional, Sede San Andres, Colombia. She has also worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, St. Kitts and Nevis and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, serving in the East Caribbean High Commission in London.

Dr. Byron is a member of several scholarly associations. She is currently the Caribbean Convenor for the research and advocacy programme Building Global democracy and previously served on the board of the Coordinadora Red de Investigacion Economica y Social (CRIES), a Caribbean/Latin American network of civil society advocates and researchers. Dr. Byron is also the UWI Coordinator of a jointly taught B.Sc/M.Sc. programme in Politics and International Cooperation offered by the Department of Government UWI Mona, the Universite Antilles-Guyane (Martinique) and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, University of Bordeaux IV. 

Recent Publications:
(2006) “Strategic Repositioning: The Foreign Policies of Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago 1990 – 2000”, Social and Economic Studies, Special Issue on Small States in the Caribbean and the Pacific, Vol. 57.

(2009)  “Iniciativas de cooperacion en seguridad: CARICOM y la AEC en el manejo y la solucion de conflictos”  pp. 169 - 191 in L. Bobea Veeser ed., La Seguridad en el Caribe: Reformas y Cooperacion Regional, Wilson Center Reports on the Americas No. 22, October 2009, Woodrow Wilson Latin American Centre for Scholars/FUNGLODE/Fundacion Guillermo Ungo, Washington D.C, 205 pp.

(2010) “CARICOM and Security Governance: Probing the Limits of Regional Cooperation” in Chuck-A-Sang M., Hall K. eds. CARICOM Policy Options for International Engagement, Ian Randle, Kingston.

(2011) “The Caribbean Community’s ‘Fourth Pillar’: The Evolution of Regional Security Governance”, Chapter Six in Dominguez R., Kirchner E. eds. The Security Governance of Regional Organizations, Routledge, New York.

(forthcoming 2011), “Regional Integration and Caribbean Civilization: Continuing the Debate” Chapter Six in Barriteau E. ed. Love and Power: Caribbean Discourses on Gender, UWI Press, Barbados.


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