Her dissertation research examines how racialized colonial legacies and global anti-Blackness impact second-generation Indo-Caribbean identity movements in New York and Toronto. She is interested in how racialization processes and hierarchies of race shape immigrant identities and experiences. Her research also unpacks how virtual spaces through social media facilitate transnational conversations about racialized identities for the second generation.
Cristine’s academic work is embedded in her personal biography growing up in Queens, New York and her work with multiple community organizations centered on Indo-Caribbean communities in South Richmond Hill, Queens. Her most recent publication in the Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies examines intergenerational differences in anti-Black ideologies within the Indo-Caribbean community in New York City. She argues that global anti-Black framings stemming from the colonial period in the Caribbean coupled with anti-Black racism in the US work together to impact how Indo-Caribbeans construct ideas of Blackness. She has also published with Social Identities where she argues that community organizations are pivotal in constructing ethno-racial identities for the second generation. Prior to this research, Cristine published within the field of critical linguistic studies, underscoring how structures of racism and gender discrimination impact English language teaching.
Cristine works as an adjunct instructor for an interdisciplinary course titled “People of New York” in the Macaulay Honors Program at Hunter College. She is also the Program Coordinator for the Teaching and Learning Center where she helps manage programming and conducts workshops related to place-based and abolitionist pedagogy. Additionally, she is the coordinator and doctoral fellow for the Black, Race, and Ethnic Studies Collaboration Hub at CUNY Graduate Center. Her passion for teaching and pedagogy stems from her work with immigrant learners at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Prior to her career in NYC, she worked for two years as a full-time Instructor at the Institution Universitaria Colombo Americana in Bogota, Colombia. She obtained her Master’s in International Migration and Social Cohesion through a joint Erasmus Mundus program with the University of Amsterdam and her BA in Sociology from Wesleyan University where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.