Principal Investigators

Dr. Schuyler Esprit is Founder of Create Caribbean Research Institute. She is a scholar of Caribbean literary and cultural studies, and digital humanities. Her current research explores the intersections of environmental humanities, futurism and radical Caribbean literary and political discourse. She is currently Research Officer in the School of Graduate Studies and Research at The University of the West Indies, Open Campus.





Oonya Kempadoo grew up in Guyana and has worked and lived in various Caribbean islands and resides in Grenada for the last 15 years. Her first novel, Buxton Spice (1998), was long-listed for the Orange Prize and translated into six languages. Her second novel Tide Running won a Casa De Las Americas 2002 prize, was also well received on both sides of the Atlantic and Kempadoo was named a “Great Talent for the 21st Century” by the Orange Prize judges. Oonya’s latest novel, All Decent Animals, published by Farrar Strauss & Giroux, USA May 2013, was listed #6 on Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine summer reads. She is currently completing a narrative of local perspectives of sexual abuse and developing a speculative fiction, multi-media, eco-social project. She has worked in the Caribbean region as a consultant and social development researcher and was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and Creative Writing instructor for academic year 2013-2014, with two community colleges in Connecticut, USA.  Oonya is a co-founder of a community library and literacy center in St George’s, Grenada.




Research Team

Dr. Hermancia S. Eugene completed her Ph.D in Molecular Virology Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelors of Science in Biology at Cameron University. Dr. Eugene has authored multiple published chapters and journal articles including “Rhesus macaques vaccinated with consensus envelopes elicit partially protective immune responses against SHIV SF162p4 challenge”. After completing her graduate work, Dr. Eugene returned to the region in hopes of exposing our young people to the opportunities that she had for growth.

Dr. Eugene is currently Dean of Academic Affairs and a Biology lecturer at Dominica State College (DSC). During her years at DSC, she has also been involved in student development outside of the classroom. She is presently the advisor for the Biology Club and assists with the Environmental Club and DSC Ambassadors. Dr. Eugene has also mentored students applying for Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) and Sagicor Visionaries Challenge. Her interest in student development has led to her being active in graduation and orientation committee and now she serves on the Academic Council of Dominica State College.



Other Contributors

Photography and Videography


Blog and Content Contributors

  • Sharon Allicock-Joseph
  • Trudy Christian
  • Dr. Lennox Honychurch

Create Caribbean Research Internship Cohorts

2015 Cohort

  • Garvin Leblanc
  • Jodine Robin
  • Mikayah Antonio
  • Jada Esprit

2016 Cohort

  • Gael M. Thomas
  • Ashfred Norris
  • Rhea Xavier
  • Breidy Crystal Santiago
  • Precious Peter
  • Tonilia Eli
  • Alisha Alexander

2017 Cohort

  • Dinelle Dailey
  • Abiyomhi Joseph
  • Alina Esprit
  • Josh Bazil
  • Aldon Gage

2018 Cohort

  • Chelsea Bertrand
  • Kieron Clunes
  • Tracey Daway
  • Kaila-Ann Guiste
  • Kodie Jean-Jacques
  • Rhesa Lawrence
  • Alaina Mathew
  • Ashante Matthew
  • Jerelle O’Brien
  • Quisha Pascal
  • Rennick Stevens
  • Shalian Shaw


Duke University Forum for Scholars and Publics Research Team

  • Dr. Laurent Dubois
  • Dr. Margaret Lou Brown
  • Dr. Eliza Dandridge

Student Contributors - Duke University

  • Autumn Barnes
  • Syann Cadogan
  • Edgar Cerenord
  • Paul Chen
  • Madeline Halpert
  • Amelia Klitenic
  • Sami Kirkpatrick
  • Sarahanne Perel
  • Alyssa Perez
  • Ivan Robles
  • Ysanne Spence
  • Anna Steltenkamp
  • Victoria Verzi
  • Allana Walker