Michaeline A. Crichlow

Michaeline A. Crichlow

Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies

External Address: 
124 Campus Drive, 243 Friedl Bldg., Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90252, Durham, NC 27708-0252
(919) 681-6947


I am interested in projects related to citizenship, nationalism and development mainly in the Atlantic and Pacific regions. My current projects are focused on the sorts of claims that populations deemed diasporic make on states, and how these reconfigure their communities and general sociocultural practices. I am also interested in development's impact on social and economic environments, and the way this structures and restructures people's assessments of their spaces for the articulation and pursuit of particular kinds of freedoms. I have attempted to project these perspectives in my recent book, "Globalization and the Postcreole Imagination: Notes on Fleeing the Plantation" (July 2009) and my current project: "Governing the Present: Vistas, Violence and the Politics of Place" that examines the quests for place and freedoms among populations in the Caribbean, Pacific and South Africa. I am also an associate research fellow on a project called 50:50 at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, that examines post-independence socio-economic developments primarily in the Anglophone Caribbean, and suggests new ways for rethinking development in the region. As well I am part of a SALISES international working group, on Rural Resilience and Agricultural Development Studies. The Agrarian component of my contribution to these projects, utilizes the arguments and methodology developed in my earlier text, "Negotiating Caribbean Freedom: Peasants and State in Development." Combining the theorizing of creolization in my recent text, "Globalization and the Post-Creole Imagination: Notes on Fleeing the Plantation," with issues of development particularly related to notions of resilience, sustainability, governance, processes of rural "othering," that emerge from this vibrant and highly productive project; I am better equipped to tackle the question of governance, violence, otherness, and the quest for freedoms-subjects centered in my new work.

Crichlow, MA. "Orpheus and Power by Michael Hanchard." Identities 4 (1995): 323-327.

Crichlow, MA. "The Jamaican People 1820-1920 by Patrick Bryan." Nieuwe West-Indische Gids 68, (3&4): 68 (1994): 360-362.

Crichlow, MA. "Hunger 1993: Uprooted People by Marc J. Cohen ed." Social and Economic Studies 43.4 (1994): 268-272.

Crichlow, MA. "An End to Hunger: Social Origins of Food Strategies by Solon Barraclough." Social and Economic Studies 41.4 (1992).


Crichlow, MA. "La Politique Agricole, l’Etat et le Developpment Rural a Sainte-Lucie (Agricultural Politics, the State and Rural Development in St. Lucia)." Enjeux Fonciers dans la Caraïbe, en Amerique Centrale et a la Reunion. Ed. C Deverre. Paris: Inra et Karthala, 1987. 39-64.

Crichlow, MA, and Northover, P. "Land Grabs, Imperial Formations and the Politics of Space and Place– Mapping the China Effect in Africa (In preparation)." Development and Displacement: China and its Global Footprint. Ed. C Rojas and R Litzinger. Duke University Press. (Chapter)

Crichlow, MA. "Negotiating Caribbean Freedom: Situating “Development’s Agrarian Culture (In preparation)." The ‘Will to Improve’ and the Demand for Authenticity..


Crichlow, MA. "Making Waves: (Dis)Placements, Entanglements, Mo(ve)ments." Global South 6.1 (2012): 114-137.

Crichlow, MA, and Armstrong, P. "Carnival praxis, carnivalesque strategies and Atlantic interstices." Social Identities 16.4 (July 1, 2010): 399-414. Full Text

Various, . "Carnival Crossfire: Art, Culture, Politics." Ed. MA Crichlow. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture 16.4 (July 2010). (Special issue)

Various, . "Race, Space, Place: The Making and Unmaking of Freedoms in the Atlantic World." Ed. M Crichlow and S Metzger. Cultural Dynamics (Special Issue Editors) 21 (November 2009). (Special issue)

Crichlow, MA, and Northover, P. "Homing modern freedoms: Creolization and the politics of making place." Cultural Dynamics 21.3 (November 1, 2009): 283-316. Full Text

Crichlow, MA, Metzger, S, and Northover, P. "Questioning Freedoms in the Atlantic World." Cultural Dynamics (Special Issue) 2.3 (2009): 215-225. (Introduction)

Crichlow, MA. "Caribbean Land and Development Revisited." NWIG-NEW WEST INDIAN GUIDE-NIEUWE WEST-INDISCHE GIDS 83.3-4 (2009): 337-340.

Crichlow, MA. "A Response to My Critics in Book Discussion." Social and Economic Studies 56 (September 2007): 172-183.