Suzette A. Haughton

Ph.D. in Globalisation and Security Studies
Department of Government
Courses Taught: 

FOUN1301 - Law, Governance, Economy and Society
GOVT1001 - Introduction to Political Philosophy
GOVT2047 - Principles of Public International Law
GOVT3114 - International Security Issues

Research Interests: 

State Security Threats, e.g. drugs trafficking
Borders and Border Security
International Relations
Security Studies
Public International Law

Recent Publications: 

Peer Reviewed Journals
Suzette A. Haughton “The Jamaica-Britain Border and Drug Trafficking”, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 96, No. 390, June 2007, pp. 279-303.
Suzette A. Haughton “Bilateral Diplomacy: Rethinking the Jamaica-US Shiprider Agreement”, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Vol. 3, 2008, pp. 253-276.
Suzette A. Haughton “The US-Caribbean Border: An important security border in the 21st century”, Journal of Borderland Studies, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2009, pp. 1-20.
Forthcoming Peer Reviewed Journal Article
Suzette A. Haughton “Critical Pedagogy and the University of the West Indies Foundation Course – Law, Governance, Economy and Society”, Special Issue of the Quality Education Forum.
Forthcoming Book
Suzette A. Haughton States Resilience:  Reflections and Actions on Globalisation and Drug Trafficking, University Press of America.

Teaching/Research Philosophy: 

I believe that students are comparable to the international community of states because they have their own capabilities, interests and patterns of engagements. Such features bring a unique perspective to the community of learners in a teaching-learning environment, which becomes imperative to the diverse exchange in the lecture room setting.  Within this context, I see my role as a University educator in two broad terms: (i) to foster the creative potential of each learner in such a way that each student recognizes his or her own capability (ii) to present the fundamental lecture content in a way that challenges the learners and fosters critical thinking.
My interest in teaching began from childhood, as teaching was among the professions that appealed to me. It allows me to share my knowledge with learners in a way which supports life-long learning and growth.  Through my training as a teacher, I have come to appreciate that authoritarian classrooms have conditioned learners to be passive and obedient conformist individuals who seldom engage in active learning which expresses counter views to that of the teacher.  In my lecture room, I promote respect for the views of all students by acting as a guide to assist them in critically assessing their own views in order to determine the truth content of their arguments.  As a lecturer, I hope that my students through their own critical assessment will recognize their own niche potential and exploit it to its maximum in order to contribute to the society.
My research philosophy spans the disciplines of International Relations, International Law and Security Studies.  The goal of my research is to use security studies principles, theories and methods in a way which increases our understanding about the nation-states’ roles and responsibilities to protect nationals from harm.  From a practical perspective, I believe that it is important to bridge the disciplinary divide by using International Relations, International Law and Security Studies theories to demonstrate and explain contemporary security problems.  In this regard, I am interested in applying theory to the understanding of varying security threats affecting the Caribbean, the United States and the United Kingdom.  I hope that while my research will provide an academic understanding of the issues, it will also be sufficiently valuable for practitioners within the security community.