Kevon Rhiney

Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), the Department of African American Studies, and the Department of Anthropology

Kevon Rhiney holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica). He is currently an Associate Professor of Human-Environment Geography at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. He is also a past recipient of a British Commonwealth Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

Rhiney’s research investigates the development and justice implications of global environmental change in the Caribbean, particularly the ways socio-ecological shocks are unevenly experienced by historically marginalized communities. His work specifically attends to events labelled as crises, exploring how these events (ranging from climate extremes, market volatilities to novel crop diseases) are made worse by underlying and historically contingent political-economic forces, but more importantly, how these forces are constantly being contested through the everyday struggles of vulnerable communities. Current research reflects new and growing interest in exploring the ways recent natural disasters in the Caribbean and the ensuing recovery efforts have become intertwined with underlying issues of uneven development, inequality, and ongoing post/colonial struggles. His work aligns with the growing interdisciplinary field of critical disaster studies that attend to the ways in which natural disasters are often socially produced and how the responses to these events are inherently political and contested.