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Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar

Hernández-Ramdwar, Camille


Associate Professor


B.A., Honours (York University); M.A. (University of Toronto), Ph.D (University of Toronto, Sociology and Equity Studies)




416-979-5000 ext 4193

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Research Interests:

Caribbean Studies; Social Media Violence and Youth; Diaspora; Caribbean Tourism; Transnationalism; Second Generation; African Traditional Religions; Racism in Canada

Dr. Hernández-Ramdwar is Team Lead on the Posting for Peace research project, part of the Rights of Children and Youth Partnership, funded by a SSHRC Partnership grant The project investigates the use of social media and ICTs by youth and children in 7 Central American and Caribbean countries, and how this relates to violence. She is the writer/director /producer of Posting for Peace, a short documentary on the pilot study which took place in Trinidad

Additional research interests include Caribbean cultures and identities, Afro-Caribbean religions, diasporic and second generation identities, and racism and Caribbean peoples in Canada. She is the author of the ebook Introduction to the Caribbean: Diversity, Challenges, Resiliency, 2nd Edition (Kendall Hunt 2016). Her recent work appears in Caribbean Healing Traditions: Implications for Health and Mental Health, Routledge (2014), Journal of Heritage Tourism (2013), Searching for Equality: Inclusion and Equity in the Canadian Academy, University of Toronto Press (2009), Caribbean Review of Gender Studies (Fall 2008), and TOPIA (Fall 2008). Dr. Hernandez-Ramdwar is also a writer of short stories, narratives, and poetry dealing with the issues of diasporic, transnational, and multiracial identities. Her work has been published in anthologies such as Talking About Identity: Encounters in Race, Ethnicity and Language (James and Shadd, 2001), Beneath the Cotton Tree Root (Hopkinson, 2000), and "...but where are you really from?": Stories of Identity and Assimilation in Canada (Palmer, 1997).

Teaching Interests:

Professor Hernández-Ramdwar has taught at York University, the University of Toronto and Ryerson University in the fields of Caribbean Studies, Humanities, Women’s Studies and Sociology. Her philosophy of teaching is to encourage students to be critical of the world around them and their role in it, and she is most interested in having students leave her classroom with a changed or challenged view of the dominant discourses in our society. Professor Hernandez-Ramdwar is the Academic Coordinator for Caribbean Studies at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. She was instrumental in the development of the Caribbean Studies Certificate and the Minor in Caribbean Studies.

Current Courses:

CRB100: Introduction to the Caribbean

CRB501:  Caribbean Peoples and Racism in Canada

SOC300:  Sociology of Diversity

CRB605: Caribbean Tourism: Impacts and Resistance

CRB502:  Cultures of the Caribbean

Professional Affiliations:

Dr. Hernández-Ramdwar has served on the Ryerson Faculty Association’s Grievance Committee, and has also been a member of the Anti-Racist Coalition at Ryerson. She continues to speak at a variety of community events on and off campus that deal with issues of racism, mixed race identity, and Caribbean cultures. She is a member of the Caribbean Studies Association.


Alan Sheppard EDI Staff Award, Ryerson University, March 2016. Awarded as member of research team for Teaching and Learning from the Margins Project.

Slobodan Drakulic Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University, May 2014.




Selected Publications & Presentations:


Burt, G., Sedra, M.,Headley, B., Hernández-Ramdwar, C.,Seepersad, R., Wortley, S. Deportation, Circular Migration and Organized Crime: Jamaica Case Study. Security Governance/Public Safety Canada. 


Hernández-Ramdwar, C. Introduction to the Caribbean: Diversity, Challenges, Resiliency, 2nd Edition. E-book, Kendall Hunt Publishers 2016.


“La Regla de Ocha (Santeria): Afro-Cuban Healing in Cuba and the Diaspora.” In P. Sutherland, R. Moodley, and B. Chevannes (Eds.), Caribbean Healing Traditions: Implications for Health and Mental HealthNew York: Routledge.


Neverson,N., Fumia, D., Hernández-Ramdwar, C., Jamal, A. & Knight, M.(2013). Inhabiting Critical Spaces:Teaching and Learning From the Margins at Ryerson University (pdf). Learning and Teaching Office, Ryerson University. 


"African traditional religions in the Caribbean and Brazil: Models of religious tourism and impacts of commodification” Journal of Heritage Tourism 8(1): 81-88.


"A Platform for Social Change: The Challenges of Teaching Caribbean Studies in Canada". Caribbean Journal of Education, Vol.32, 233-258.


“Caribbean Studies in the Academy – We’ve Come a Long Way?” 106-127, in F. Henry and C. Tator (Eds.) Racism in the Canadian University: Demanding Social Justice, Inclusion, and Equity, University of Toronto Press.


Shottas and Cubatoneros: Badmanism, Bling and Youth Crime in Trinidad and Cuba”. Caribbean Journal of Criminology and Public Safety, Vol. 14, Nos. 1 & 2, 285-305.


Feteing as Cultural Resistance: The Soca Posse in the Caribbean Diaspora”. TOPIA, No. 20, Fall 2008, 65-91.


’Neither Lend Out Your Hole to Achieve Piece of Gold’: Child Abuse, Bling Addiction and Soca Music in Trinidad and Tobago” (pdf). Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, Vol. 2.