Women & Gender Studies Institute

Alissa Trotz

B.A. (Hons) (York University), M.Phil (University of Cambridge), Ph.D. (University of Cambridge)

phone : 416-978-8286

office : 2041

email : da.trotz@utoronto.ca

Alissa Trotz is an Associate Professor in Women and Gender Studies, and Director of the undergraduate Caribbean Studies Program at New College.

Her research interests draw on the Caribbean and its diasporas as a point of departure for exploring the wider resonance of questions that emerge from the incredibly complex site of colonial encounter that comprises this region.

She also edits a weekly column, In the Diaspora, in a Guyanese daily The Stabroek News.


Alissa Trotz is currently working on two projects: Violence and security in the contemporary Caribbean; and a SSHRC-funded grant on history, memory and violence in colonial Guyana. Her essays have appeared in a number of journals, on such topics as transnational feminism and the Caribbean (Caribbean Review of Gender Studies), Caribbean migration and diaspora (Global Networks; Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism); historicizing the Caribbean family (Social and Economic Studies; New West Indian Guide); gender, coloniality and violence (Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism) and the gendered politics of neoliberalism, social reproduction and women’s activism (Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies). She guest-edited, with Aaron Kamugisha, a special issue of Race and Class to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade (2007); with Kate Quinn, a special issue of Macomѐre on women and national political struggles in the Caribbean (Fall 2010) and is currently editing, with Deborah Thomas, a special issue of Social and Economic Studies on feminist epistemologies of violence in the Caribbean. She is a member of Red Thread Women’s Organization in Guyana.


Linda Peake and Alissa Trotz (1999) Gender, Ethnicity and Place: Women and Identities in Guyana, London: Routledge


2010:  Kate Quinn & Alissa Trotz (eds) Special Issue on Caribbean Revolutions, Nationalist Movements, Rebellions and Revolts, for MaComere (the Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars), Volume 12, No. 2

2007: Aaron Kamugisha & Alissa Trotz (eds) Special Issue on Caribbean Trajectories: 200 years after, to commemorate 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British Slave Trade, for Race and Class, Volume 49, No. 2

2004: Guest Co-Editor (with Darcy Ballantyne, Sylvia D. Hamilton, Katharine McKittrick, Andrea Medovarski, Leslie Sanders, Esther Tharao-Lyaruu, Njoki N. Wane) Special issue on Women and the Black Diaspora, for Canadian Woman Studies, Volume 23, No. 2

July 2002: Guest Co-Editor (with Marilyn Porter), Special Issue on Gender and Globalisation, for Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal, Volume 26, No.2.


(forthcoming) D. Alissa Trotz  ‘Lest We Forget’: Terror and the Politics of Commemoration in Guyana’ in Sherene Razack and Suvendrini Perera (2014) (eds) In a Far Country: Women of Colour and the War on Terror, Toronto: University of Toronto Press

D. Alissa Trotz (2013) Shifting the ground beneath us: Social reproduction, grassroots women’s activism and the 2005 floods in Guyana, in Shalini Puri (ed) The Legacies of Caribbean Radical Politics, London: Routledge, pp. 102-114 (Reprint of 2010 Journal Article in Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies)

D. Alissa Trotz & Beverley Mullings (2013) ‘‘Transnational migration, the state and development: Reflecting on ‘The Diaspora Option,’ Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (Special Issue on the futures of Caribbean Studies), 17 (2, 41): 154-171

D. Alissa Trotz (2013) ‘Reluctant Witnessing’: Accounting for Violence in Transnational Jamaica, Review Essay of Deborah Thomas: Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica (Duke University Press), Anthurium 10(1): Article 9

D. Alissa Trotz (2012) ‘A stubborn hope,’ Foreword to Rupert Roopnaraine, In the Sky’s Wild Noise (12-16), London: Peepal Tree Press

D. Alissa Trotz (2012) ‘Gender and Caribbean migration,’ in Immanuel Ness and Peter Bellwood (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration Vol. II (868-873) NY: Wiley Blackwell

D. Alissa Trotz (2007) ‘Red Thread: The Politics of Hope,’ Race and Class, 49(2): 71-78

D. Alissa Trotz (2011) Bustling across the Canada-US border: Gender and the remapping of the Caribbean across place, Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (35): 59-78

D. Alissa Trotz (2010) ‘Gender, Racialization and Poverty in Guyana,’ in Sylvia Chant (Ed.), The International Handbook on Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research, Practice (665-660), Hants: Edward Elgar Publishers

Tejpal S. Ajji, Jon Soske and D. Alissa Trotz (2010) South-South: Interruptions & Encounters, A Conversation, Small Axe (A Digital Caribbean Platform for Criticism)

D. Alissa Trotz & Terrence Roopnaraine (2009) ‘Angles of Vision from the coast and hinterland’, in Stephanie W. Aleman & Neil L. Whitehead  (Eds.) Anthropologies of Guayana; Cultural Spaces in Northern Amazonia, Arizona: University of Arizona Press

Linda Peake & D. Alissa Trotz (2009), ‘Red Thread’s Feminism,’ In P. Ramsay, V. Harding, J. Cools & I. McLaren (Eds.) Blooming With the Pouis: Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum (31-40), Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers (adapted reprint of final chapter in co-authored book)

D. Alissa Trotz (2008) ‘Gender, Generation and Memory: Remembering a Future Caribbean,’ Distinguished Dame Nita Barrow 14th Annual Memorial Lecture, Working Paper, Issue # 14, Centre for Gender and Development, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

D. Alissa Trotz (2008) Feminisms and Feminist issues in the South, Vandana Desai & Rob Potter (Eds.) for reprint of Companion to Development Studies (355-358), London: Hodder Arnold  (substantial revision and resubmission as a single author of a previous chapter co-authored with Linda Peake in 2001)

D. Alissa Trotz (2007) ‘Going global? Transnationality, Women/ Gender Studies, and lessons from the Caribbean’, lead article in the inaugural issue of the online journal Caribbean Review of Gender Studies (Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago), Issue 1, April: 1-18

D. Alissa Trotz, (2006) ‘Rethinking Caribbean transnational connections: Conceptual itineraries’, Global Networks, January 2006, 6 (1): 41-60

D. Alissa Trotz (2004)  ‘Between despair and hope: Towards an analysis of women and violence in contemporary Guyana,’ Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 15: 1-25

D. Alissa Trotz (2004) The family in the Caribbean: Ideology and reality’, in Audrey Kobayashi, Philomena Essed & David Theo Goldberg (Eds.), The Gender Companion (370-380), London: Blackwell

D. Alissa Trotz (2003) ‘Behind the banner of culture? Gender, race, and the family in Guyana’, New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West Indische Gids 77 (1&2): 5-29

Ena Dua and Alissa Trotz, 2002, ‘Transnational Pedagogy: Doing Political Work in Women’s Studies : An Interview With Chandra Talpade Mohanty,’ in Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal, 26 (2): 66-77

Alissa Trotz and Linda Peake (2001), ‘Family, work and organising: an overview of the contemporary economic, social and political roles of women in Guyana,’ Social and Economic Studies, 50(2): pp. 67-101.

Alissa Trotz and Linda Peake (2000), ‘Family, work and survival: an overview of the emergence of the economic, political and social roles of women in British Guiana’, Social and Economic Studies, December, 49(4): 189-222.

Alissa Trotz and Linda Peake (2001), ‘Feminisms and feminist issues in the South,’ in Vandana Desai & Rob Potter (Eds.), A Companion to Development Studies (334-337), London: Arnold Publishers

D. Alissa Trotz and Linda Peake on behalf of Red Thread (1999), ‘ “Givin’  lil bit fuh lil bit”: sex work and sex workers in Guyana’, in Kamala Kempadoo (Ed.), Sun, Sex and Gold: Tourism and Sex Work in the Caribbean(263-290), Rowman & Littlefield

D. Alissa Trotz (1998), ‘Guardians of our homes, guards of yours? Economic crisis, gender stereotyping, and the restructuring of the private security industry in Georgetown, Guyana,’ in Christine Barrow (Ed.), Caribbean Portraits: Essays on Gender Ideologies and Identities (28-54), Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers



Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

Black Diasporic Feminisms: Modernity, freedom, Citizenship

Caribbean Feminisms



Feminist Methodology, Transnationalism, Postcolonialism.



D. Alissa Trotz,  ‘Inescapable Entanglements: Notes on Caribbean Feminist Engagement,’ Keynote Address for the 20th Anniversary of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, November 2013, UWI Today, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, University of the West Indies, December Issue.

D. Alissa Trotz, ‘Far from Home but Close at Heart’: Preliminary Considerations on Regional Integration, Deterritorialization and the Caribbean Diaspora, Plenary Address, Rethinking Regionalism: Beyond the CARICOM Integration Project, SALISES Regional Integration Conference, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, October 7-9, 2013.

Since 2007, Alissa has edited a newspaper column in the Caribbean, ‘In the Diaspora,’ which is published (print run and online) every Monday in Guyana’s Stabroek News

She is also an overseas support member of Red Thread, a Women’s Organization in Guyana that is part of the Global Strike Network.


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