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Michelle A. Munroe

Dr. Michelle Munroe is a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus and a Course Instructor in the Political Science Programme and the Youth Development Programme with the University of the West Indies Open Campus.  Dr. Munroe holds a MA in Political Science-International Relations from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida International University.

As an Afro-Caribbean scholar a substantial portion of her work involves researching and teaching on transnational issues and on the patterns of development and underdevelopment of states within the global political economy. More specifically, Dr. Munroe's research focuses on the implications of a deepening transnationalisation of criminal groups within developing states as it relates to the organizational and power structures of criminal groups, the use of violence, and the economic interests of these groups. Through a case study on Jamaica, her research illustrates the proclivity of globalization to blur the lines between the domestic and the foreign affairs of a country. Her most recent publication, Governance and Disorder, in Third World Quarterly examines the influence that neoliberalism has had/continues to have on violent change in Jamaica. Dr. Munroe’s research highlights the permeability of state borders and the impact of local non-state actors under conditions of heightened globalization.

Research: • Crime and Violence in Jamaica

• Processes of Transnationalisation and Globalisation

• Caribbean Development Processes

• Civil Society formation
Publications Munroe, Michelle, and Damion Blake (2017). Governance and Disorder: Neoliberalism and Violent Change in Jamaica. Third World Quarterly. Vol. 38, No. 3, pp. 580-603.

Mora, Frank O., and Michelle Munroe. (March 2015) "Congress and Civil-Military Relations in Latin America and the Caribbean: Human Rights as a Vehicle". In Congress and Civil-Military Relations, by David P. Auerswald and Colton C Campbell. Georgetown University Press.

Munroe, Michelle. (2011) "Comparative Advantage Or Luck of the Draw: Jamaica " in Eduardo A. Gamarra and Diana Pardo (eds), Aciertos y Errores de la lucha contra el tráfico de drogas ilícitas: Lecciones de las experiencias nacionales de América Latina y el Caribe. Santo Domingo, FUNGLODE.

Teaching Areas

• Caribbean Politics

• Caribbean Political Thought

• Political Institutions

• Western Political Thought

• Comparative Politics

• Politics of Development &Underdevelopment

• International Relations: Theories and Practices

• Youth Governance and Participation

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