Commissioner - Dr. Indira Rampersad

Commissioner - Indira Rampersad, PhD. holds a Bachelor of Arts in Language in Literature, a Diploma in International Relations, a Certificate in Translation from Spanish to English, a Master of Philosophy in Latin American Literature, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Political Science. She also obtained an LLB from the University of London in 2012.

Dr. Rampersad has been awarded two Fulbright scholarships for study in the United States, one at the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, to explore the American Political System, the other to undertake her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where she majored in International Relations and minored in Public Policy. Her doctoral dissertation focused on American foreign policy to Cuba on which she has published and presented at many academic and non-academic forums. Her research now extends to Latin American and Caribbean Politics and International Relations, American foreign policy, alternative energy, food security and crime with specific emphasis on the Caribbean.

 

Dr Rampersad speaks Spanish fluently and has undertaken extensive research throughout the United States including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, New York and Washington D.C. Her research has also taken her to Latin America namely Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia, Brazil and Cuba. She has also been an election observer for the Organisation of American States in Grenada, El Salvador and Guyana. She writes a regular column for the Trinidad Sunday Guardian and the New York-based Guyana Journal. In addition, she is a regular media commentator on national, regional and international issues. Dr. Rampersad is now based at the Department of Behavioural Sciences at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, where she is a Lecturer in Political Science/International Relations.