Renowned Caribbeanist Percy Hintzen leaves U.C. Berkeley to join FIU

Dr. Percy Hintzen will join Florida International University (FIU) in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies (GSS) in January 2012. Hintzen will also be an affiliate faculty, and a steering committee member of FIU’s African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS). Hintzen comes to FIU from U.C. Berkeley, where he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies, Director of the Peace & Conflict Studies Program, and Director of the Center for African Studies.

With the hire of Percy Hintzen, many at FIU hope to explore and pursue all possibilities of partnership and collaboration between FIU and the University of the West Indies (UWI). It is in this context that in the fall of 2011, Dr. Percy Hintzen and Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier, Director of AADS, traveled to Jamaica and met with the leadership and a number of colleagues at the University of the West Indies (UWI). Meeting discussions centered primarily on collaborative relations involving the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social & Economic Studies (SALISES) at UWI, and the African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) and the Latin American & Caribbean Center (LACC) at FIU. The focus of these collaborations is to be on policy-oriented research. There were also preliminary discussions centered on teaching collaborations and faculty and student exchanges.

Meeting Participants along with Drs. Hintzen and Rahier:
Vice Chancellor Nigel Harris, University of The West Indies; Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal Gordon Shirley, Mona Campus, University of the West Indies;
Professor Brian Meeks, Professor of Government and Director of SALISES, Mona Campus; Professor Ian Boxill, Department of Sociology and Director, Center for Tourism and Policy Research; Professor Anthony Harriott, Director, Institute of Criminal Justice and Security and Justice, Department of Political Science; Professor Neville Ying, Director of the Labor Studies Programme and Executive Director of Mona School of Business; Professor Rupert Lewis, Department of Government, Chairman, African-Caribbean Institute of Jamaica; Dr. Basil Burke, Chief Executive Officer, University of the West Indies Consulting; Mr. Nicholas Mills, Funding Consultant, London, United Kingdom.

We expect to soon see the fruits of that visit materialize in specific initiatives, partnerships, and collaborations.