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B.A. University at Albany, 1994
M.A. University at Albany, 1997
Ph.D. University at Albany, State University of New York, 2002
Dr. Roopnarine’s field of study is interdisciplinary, drawing on methods and concepts in history, sociology, economics and environmental science to understand labor migration, resistance, human rights, identity as well as environment policy challenges in the Caribbean. For the past fifteen years, his research has focused on the movement of Asian contract/peasant workers to the Caribbean and their plantation experience with regard to their adaptation to structural dominance.
Dr. Roopnarine’s environmental research focuses on the link between the Guyanese government, the vast interior region and economic development while his current research involves intra-regional (within the Caribbean) and extra-regional Caribbean (to North America and Europe) migration as well as social identity formation in the contemporary Caribbean. Additionally, his research examines social identity of and among East Indian, African and Hispanic Caribbean ethnic groups and is particularly interested in exploring alternative ways in analyzing social identity in the Caribbean. Specifically, he takes the position that Creole identity (Euro-African) does not apply to many Caribbean ethnic groups and has developed a bi-structural analysis of national and trans-Caribbean identities to analyze the social identity of Caribbean Asians and other ethnic groups. Dr. Roopnarine believes that identity is negotiated and shaped by geography, history, political leadership, migration and globalization which is not totally physical or permanent but also imaginative, incorporating issues of ethnicity, resistance, human rights, among other factors