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Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work & Psychology

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Professor Cynthia Barrow-Giles

Professor Cynthia Barrow-Giles

Professor of Political Science

Department: GSSWP


A graduate of the Consortium Graduate School, Mona Jamaica. She served as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 1994-1996, UWI, Cave Hill campus and is a former Head of Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work at the Cave Hill campus, 2004-2006.
She has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited 4 books and a number of journal articles.  Among her publications include: Introduction to Caribbean Politics: Texts and Readings, Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers (2002); Living at the Borderlines: Issues in Caribbean Sovereignty and Development (Edited with Don. D. Marshall) Kingston, Ian Randle Publishers (2003); General Elections and Voting in the English Speaking Caribbean: 1992-2005, Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers (2006) which she co-authored with Tennyson D. Joseph. She is also the editor of Women in Caribbean Politics, also by Ian Randle Publishers (2011)
In addition to her scholarly work, she has participated in a number of Election Monitoring and Expert Groups in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. She served as a member of the St. Lucia Constitution Reform Commission from 2005-2011. She is a member of the International Advisory Board for the (Journal) Round Table (Commonwealth), and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Eastern Caribbean Affairs. She currently also serves as an executive member of the CSA.

Research Areas

  • Governance and democracy in the English speaking Caribbean
  • Political party and elections campaign spending
  • Elections in the English speaking Caribbean
  • Women and politics in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Corruption in the Caribbean

Teaching Areas

  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Politics of Developing Countries-  Latin America, Asia and Africa
  • Modern Political Democracies  - Britain, France and USA
  • Caribbean Governance
  • Political Institutions
  • Corruption
  • Regional Integration
  • Nationalist Movement
  • Political Parties
  • Political economy

Select Publications

  • Edited Women in Caribbean Politics. Ian Randle Publishers, Kingston: Jamaica, May, 2011.  Two hundred and fifty six (256) pages       
  • Cynthia Barrow-Giles and Don D. Marshall (eds) Living at the Borderlines: Issues in Caribbean Sovereignty and Development. Ian Randle Publishers, KingstonJamaica, May 2003. Five hundred and fifty four (554) pages.
  • Cynthia Barrow-Giles and Tennyson D. Joseph   General Elections and Voting in the English Speaking Caribbean: 1992-2005. Ian Randle Publishers, Kingston: Jamaica.  2006.  One hundred and ninety three (193 pages).
  • Introduction to Caribbean Politics: texts and readings. Published August 2002, Ian Randle Publishers, Kingston: Jamaica. Two hundred and ninety two (292) pages.
  • “Straight Roads or Bumpy Rides: Eugenia Charles’s Path to Power”. In Enjoying Power: :Eugenia Charles and Political Leadership in the Commonwealth Caribbean. ed. Eudine Barriteau and Alan Cobley. University Press.  November 2006. Pp. 70-107
  • “An Overview of Electoral Systems in the Anglophone Caribbean,”
  • Cynthia Barrow-Giles and Tennyson D. Joseph in A New Electoral System: A More Powerful and Dynamic Government? Government of the Netherlands Antilles, 2005, pp.43-72.
  • “Political Party Financing and Women’s Political Participation in the Caribbean.” From Grassroots to the Airwaves: Paying for Political Parties and Campaigns in the Caribbean. Ed. Steven Griner and Daniel Zovatto. Washington: Organization of American States, International IDEA, June 2005. Chapter 3, pp. 55-70.
  •  “Democracy at Work: A Comparative Study of the Caribbean State”. TheRound Table, 2011, vol. 100, no. 414, pp. 285-302, June 2011.

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