Sustainable Futures for the Caribbean:

Critical Interventions and the 2030 Agenda

Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies (SALISES), 19th Annual Conference

Professor Brian Meeks

Brian Meeks is Professor and Chair of Africana Studies at Brown University, Providence Rhode Island. He was until 2015 Professor of Social and Political Change and Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies, Mona and University Director, SALISES. He has taught political theory, comparative politics, Caribbean political thought and African American politics at Michigan State University, Florida International University, Anton de Kom University in Suriname and the University of the West Indies, Mona. He has held positions of Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Latin American Studies at Cambridge University, Visiting Tinker Scholar at Stanford University and Visiting Scholar, Brown University.

He has authored or edited ten books and many articles on Caribbean politics and political theory. Among them are Caribbean Revolutions and Revolutionary Theory: An Assessment of Cuba, Nicaragua and Grenada (1993 and 2001); Narratives of Resistance: Jamaica, Trinidad, the Caribbean (2000); Envisioning Caribbean Futures: Jamaican Perspectives (2007); Culture, Politics, Race and Diaspora: The Thought of Stuart Hall (2007); The Thought of New World: The Quest for Decolonisation (with Norman Girvan, (2010) and Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory (2014). He is a poet and considered as one of the founding voices in the Jamaican dub poetry movement. His first novel, Paint the Town Red, was published in 2003.

He is a commentator on Caribbean politics and is quoted occasionally in the electronic media, Caribbean newspapers as well as Time, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Miami Herald and other leading international newspapers and magazines.