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bretton t. alvaré, phd, assistant professor

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Bretton T. Alvaré PhD

Associate Professor

  • PhD Cultural Anthropology 2011

    Temple University (PA)

  • ANTH 246 Rum, Rasta, and Revolution

  • ANTH 259 Culture Through the Lens

  • ANTH 261 Urban Anthropology: Chester

I am an ethnographer whose research focuses on Afro-Caribbean worldviews and faith-based political participation in the Anglophone Caribbean. I have been conducting fieldwork with grassroots, faith-based NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago since 2005. I am also interested in studying urban issues related to institutional racism, and I'm currently collaborating with a local community partner on an ethnographic study of the barriers to academic success facing students at Chester High School.

Selected Awards

  • Hartford Undergraduate Community Research Award, 2014

  • Advanced Fellow, Widener University Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship, 2014

  • Faculty Researcher, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Teaching Study 2012–2014

Selected Publications

  • Alvaré, B.T. (2014). Haile Selassie and the gospel of development: Exploring the role of hegemony in faith-based development in Trinidad, West Indies. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, 19(1), 126–147.

  • Mchenry, N., Alvaré, B.T., Bowes K., & Childs, A. (2013). Sharing the environment: Cultural exchange through inquiry-based environmental education in Trinidad and Tobago (T & T) and the United States. International Journal of Environment and Science Education, 8(2), 381–400.

  • Alvaré, B.T. (2010). "Babylon makes the rules": Compliance, fear, and self-discipline in the quest for official NGO status. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 33(2), 178–200.

American Anthropological Association (AAA), Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA)