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Dr. Janeille Zorina Matthews

Dr. Janeille Zorina Matthews

Deputy Dean (Academic and Student Affairs)

Research Coordinator (U-RAP)

Department: Law


Dr. Janeille Zorina Matthews is a multi-disciplinary criminal justice scholar and attorney who teaches courses in criminal law and criminology. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled Competing Constructions: A Mixed Methods Investigation of the Popular and Media Framing of the Antigua Crime Story, analyses Antigua’s crime statistics over a 40 year period and interrogates the unconscious assumptions that underlie the country’s crime policy.   Dr. Matthews’s substantive area of research is Caribbean criminal law and crime policy with an emphasis on the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States specifically. Dr. Matthews is the Research Coordinator of the Faculty of Law The UWI Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP).


Doctor of Philosophy, The London School of Economics and Political Science, 2015
Master in Philosophy, The London School of Economics and Political Science, 2015
Juris Doctor, Harvard Law School, 2005
Master in Public Administration, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2005
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Villanova University, 1998

Research Areas

My research aims to transform national dialogues around crime, public safety, and community justice in Antigua and Barbuda and the wider English Speaking Caribbean by better understanding the social construction of crime.

Main Research
For much of Antigua’s history, the reported rates of rape, indecent assault and unlawful sexual intercourse have remained high and have accounted for as much as 20 per cent of the country’s violent crime.  However, data on prevalence rates obscure important changes in the commission of these crimes. With the advent of the alleged masked ‘serial rapist’ in 2007 perpetrators are increasingly unknown to the victims and in concealing his identity and using a firearm the masked ‘serial rapist’ helped to entrench the increasingly anonymous and seemingly random nature of rape in Antigua and Barbuda.  As a result, the period between 2007 and 2009 left an indelible mark on the collective psyche of Antiguans, which in turn has impacted behavioural patterns as well as perceptions and representations of crime in Antigua and Barbuda.  This research focuses on the spate of rapes in Antigua between 2007 and 2009, contextualising it with a historical look at sexual violence in Antigua and discussing responses to it post 2009.

Teaching Areas

Criminal Law I
Criminal Law II
Forensic Criminology
Independent Research Paper


Select Publications

  • “Modern Vagrancy in the Anglophone Caribbean,” Caribbean Journal of Criminology, Special Issue on Crime Gender and Sexuality (with Tracy Robinson) (Forthcoming Fall 2018)
  • “De-Biased Judging: How Implicit Bias Can Affect Judicial Decision Making,” Caribbean Judicial Dialogue: Equality for All in the Administration of Justice (Forthcoming Fall 2018)
  • “Social Constructions of Crime in Antigua and Barbuda: Perceptions of Structural Theories of Crime In a Post-Colonial Era,” in Caribbean Crime & Criminal Justice: Impacts of Post-Colonialism and Gender, Routledge (2017)  
  • “The Color of Sexual Harassment and the Public/Private Divide,” Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, Vol. 4 Issue 1 (2006)


Criminal law, criminal justice, class, gender, law & social science, vulnerable communities, qualitative research methods, behavioral realism in criminal law