Paulette Ramsay holds the Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from The UWI, Mona Campus. She has gained wide recognition as an interdisciplinary scholar and researcher, who is known in the region and internationally for her work in the broad field of Modern Languages and Literatures, language pedagogy and for her contribution to the growth of the field of Afro-Hispanic Studies. She has made a significant contribution to the creation and expansion of knowledge about Afro-derived peoples and their literary and cultural production in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Cuba and Mexico. Her work has brought the history, racial and cultural dynamics related to various diasporic communities in Latin America and the Hispanic Caribbean to centre stage. Her post-doctoral work on Afro-Mexico, Afro-Cuba, Afro-Ecuador and Jamaican descendants in Ecuador has also been ground-breaking, with her book entitled Afro-Mexican Constructions of Diaspora, Gender, Identity and Nation being the first to interrogate issues related to the literary and cultural production of the forgotten Afro-Mexican people of Costa Chica and Oaxaca. This book received the Principal’s Award (2016) for Best Research Publication (Book).
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