I was born in Guyana in South America, and I have been living in the United States for the past 30years. After graduating from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York (Graduate Center CUNY) I landed my first job at the College of Charleston. At CofC I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. I also serve in the capacity as the Director of the Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC), and I am an active member of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Women and Gender Studies Program. My research and scholarship seeks connections between diverse and social economies as alternative development models, and the intersections of gender and political economy. My ongoing fieldwork is centered on the North Rupununi of Guyana where I work among the Makushi women engaged in a cassava income generating project. In Charleston, I am currently working on theIllumination Project which is helping to create a process, grounded in trust and legitimacy, to strengthen and broaden collaboration between the city of Charleston police and the citizens they serve.