Curtis Wallace

Curtis Wallace is a teacher of Caribbean History and a graduate student in the Department of History and Archaeology. He obtained the Master of Arts in history (Distinction) from the UWI in 2012, and is currently pursuing studies for the MPhil/PhD. Curtis is interested in the history of crime and punishment in Jamaica and has completed papers examining the nature and perceptions of Jamaican law enforcement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

These papers include his undergraduate study of “Praedial Larceny in Jamaica, 1880-1902,” and a more recent work: “The Crown’s Colonial Builders?: The Stories of Two West Indian Police Officers.” Currently, the main focus of his research is the history of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) prior to 1962. This research seeks to examine the role which the JCF played in social control up to the mid twentieth century. Curtis is a member of the Jamaican Historical Society (JHS) and the Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH). His most recent awards include a UWI Graduate Research Grant to present a paper at the 46th Annual Conference of the ACH in Fort-de-France, Martinique and an Association of Commonwealth Universities bursary to attend the Third Annual Commonwealth Residential School at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, UK.

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