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As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, my research interests include gender-based violence across intersecting identities including, race/ethnicity, immigrant, and religious minority status. I am originally from Trinidad & Tobago but consider myself a Queens native. I have lived in several states including Connecticut, Florida, New York, Alabama, Delaware, and Massachusetts. After completing my BA at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York), I obtained my MA at the University of Alabama and received a PhD from the University of Delaware’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. My interest in gender-based violence initially emerged from my local community (“Little Guyana”) and my ties to the Caribbean. My work has been presented at the American Sociological Association (ASA),the American Society of Criminology (ASC), The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) and the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS).  Recent articles have been featured in the Global Agenda for Social Justice, the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. My research examines how diverse Muslim communities respond to gendered and racialized violence in the United States after September 11th, 2001 (including the impact of the War on Terror), and in more recent years.  My current professional service endeavors includes serving as a board member for the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Women and Crime (as Junior Executive Counselor) and the Division of Victimology (Secretary).