Scholar Profile: Dylan Kerrigan

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Dr. Dylan Kerrigan

Behavioural Sciences Faculty of Social Sciences Lecturer - Anthropology and Political Sociology Active 662-2002 ext.83061 Check out my Website!
My Research Interests:

Anthropology, Political Sociology, Criminology


Dylan Kerrigan  is a lecturer and researcher in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Political Sociology, and Criminology at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus.

He got his PhD in Anthropology from American University in Washington DC. Did a Masters in Anthropology and Cultural Process at Goldsmiths College, University of London. And started out with a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex.

From a Caribbean, global South perspective Dylan is most interested in how cultural and economic processes extend over long periods of time in the service of various systems of power.

His  main areas of focus are: class analysis; class and culture; race, class, and colourism; inequality; social change and the state; spectacle, carnival, and sport; popular culture; social and economic justice; power, elites, and white-collar crime; culture and politics.

His PhD dissertation was a social history of race, class and culture in urban Trinidad with a specific focus on Woodbrook, Carnival, and Violence. It provided examples of cultural connections between the different political and economic climates/structures/eras of Colonialism, Post Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism in Trinidad.
Since then he has done research into:

  • Men and masculinities on the small goal football fields of Trinidad
  • Court user experiences of the magistrate and high courts of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Youth experiences of urban violence in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Therapeutic cultures, positive psychology and transnational self-help
  • The militarisation of everyday life in urban Port of Spain
  • Decision-making amongst government officials in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Political culture in Trinidad and Tobago
  • White-collar crime, corruption and bobol in Trinidad and Tobago
  • The coloniality of power and Justice in the Caribbean
  • Spoken word as a local research methodology
  • Fear of crime and local policing in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Crime and it's representation in the anglophone Caribbean
  • Radicalisation and preventing violent extremism

He has also worked as a consultant for:

  • The Inter-American Development Bank
  • The Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • The University of Coventry
  • The Ministry of National Integration and Diversity, Government of Trinidad and Tobago
  • The Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism, Government of Trinidad and Tobago
  • The Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica

He is currently also a Commissioner on the Elections and Boundaries Commission of Trinidad and Tobago

Dylan's teaching and research looks at the world from a Caribbean centre because the way power is structured in the modern world most people do not have a good grasp of the importance of the Caribbean, both in the history and the  future of the world.

Research Interests

  1. Anthropology
  2. Political Sociology
  3. Criminology

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