Paulette A. Ramsay is full Professor of Afro-Hispanic Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. She is an interdisciplinary academic, an established writer and researcher whose interests include Language Pedagogy, Writing Theories and Afro- Hispanic literature and culture. She has published many scholarly articles, mainly in the area of Afro-Hispanic literature and culture, in international journals such as The Afro- Hispanic Review, PALARA, Bulletin of Latin American Review, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, The Langston Hughes Review, Hispania, Caribbean Quarterly and College Language Association. Her research draws on broad post- colonial /post- modernist theories, gender studies, feminist studies and cultural studies, especially as they relate to issues of identity, ethnicity and nationhood. She is regarded as one of the leading researchers in the area of Afro-Mexican literary and cultural production.
Her groundbreaking book Afro- Mexican Constructions of Diaspora, Gender, Identity and Nation has been translated to Spanish and is widely read as a comprehensive source for understanding Afro- Mexican literary and cultural production.
She has published a rhetorical reader for Caribbean tertiary students Blooming with the Pouis (2009), as well as translations of a novel, poetry and short stories from Spanish into English.
She is a writer of fiction and her novel, Aunt Jen, has been translated to German and Italian and is enjoying great popularity. She has also published two novels- Aunt Jen, and Letters Home, four anthologies of poems entitled, Under Basil Leaves (2010), October Afternoon, (2012) Star Apple Blue and Avocado Green (2016)and This Thing that is Not a Thing, respectively. She has been the recipient of several awards including OAS, AECI Fellowships, UWI 60 under 60 Award for outstanding research, and the UWI Principal’s Award. In 2014, she received the French National Award: Chevalier, Knight in the French Order of Merit, Ordre du Mérite from the French Government for her work as Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and her collaboration with the French Embassy, and the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research.