FSS Women On The Rise

Picture of Prof Lila Rao-Graham and Prof Suzette Haughton

Globally, March is celebrated as Women History Month. In this month, we recognize women who are shaping history and making moves. This Women History Month, The Faculty of Social Sciences would like to celebrate and recognize two of our absolute best, whom the University of the West Indies has recently promoted as professors in their respective fields, Prof. Lila Rao Graham, and Prof. Suzette Haughton. 


Lila Rao-Graham is currently a Deputy Executive Director at the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) at The University of the West Indies, Mona. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona in August 2014 and holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems from UWI and an MSc. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada.  


Her research interests include Business Intelligence; Data Quality and Management; Decision Support Systems; the use of alternate data sources (e.g. Big Data) for decision-making and development; and eLearning. She has published in and served as a reviewer for several top international journals (e.g., published in Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, Expert Systems with Applications and Data and Knowledge Engineering) and international conferences. 


She has applied this research practically by assisting organizations in in understanding how to leverage value from their data by using it for strategic decision-making. 


Suzette Haughton is the Head of Department for The Department of Government in The Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI Mona. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Security Studies at the Department of Government, the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in August 2017.  She holds a PhD in Security Studies from the Department of War Studies, King’s College, the University of London and M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in International Relations from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.


She is widely published in international journals such as The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, The Round Table: Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Borderland Studies and Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy. Her research interests include security threats affecting nation states, border security, border disputes, theories of security, international relations, public international law, and globalization. 


She is also a trained teacher and a former United Kingdom Commonwealth Scholar. Her research interests span learning styles, strategies and online learning; theories and issues in International Relations and Security Studies; security threats and the nation state. She has published extensively on border security and security threats affecting citizens and nation states. 


Congratulations to Prof Lila Rao Graham and Prof Suzette Haughton on this momentous accomplishment!