Keywords for Caribbean Studies is designed as a project that will grow annually with revisions scheduled to publish with the annual Caribbean Digital events. Scholars, writers, and artists are welcome to pitch future keywords.


Kelly Baker Josephs is a professor of English at the University of Miami. She is the author of Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Lit­erature (2013) and co-editor of The Digital Black Atlantic (2021).

Roopika Risam is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and of Comparative Literature in the Digital Humanities and Social Engagement Cluster at Dartmouth College. She is the author of New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy (2018) and co-editor of multiple volumes, including The Digital Black Atlantic (2021). Learn more at


Matthew Chin (Intimacy, Queer)
Ronald Cummings (Maroon, Queer)
Laurent Dubois (History)
Andil Gosine (Indenture)
Justin Haynes (Carnival)
Peter James Hudson (Capitalism)
Annette Joseph-Gabriel (Citizen)
Nicholas Laughlin (Failure)
Rachel L. Mordecai (Genealogy)
Tzarina T. Prater (Diaspora)
Janelle Rodriques (Spirituality)


Alex Gil is Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University. He is the founder of the Butler Studio at Columbia University Libraries, a space focused on digital scholarship and pedagogy; faculty moderator of Columbia’s Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, a vibrant trans-disciplinary research cluster focused on experimental humanities; and founding co-editor of archipelagos journal. Recent digital scholarly projects include Ed, Torn Apart/Separados, and In The Same Boats.

Kaiama L. Glover is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of French and Africana Studies and Director of the Digital Humanities Center at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (Liverpool UP 2010), and of the forthcoming monograph, "A Regarded Self: Caribbean Womanhood and the Ethics of Disorderly Being" (Duke University Press). Glover is founding co-editor of archipelagos journal and founding co-director of the digital humanities project In the Same Boats.

Vallerie Matos is an English PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center with interests in Sound Studies and Digital Humanities. She has an MA in Literature from Hunter College and a BS from New York University. Prior to the Graduate Center, Vallerie was a Program Director for an arts and social justice based youth development program for 5 years.