Ted Sammons

Ted Sammons

Ted Sammons, Ph.D. (City University of New York, 2013)
Assistant Professor, Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022)


Research Keywords: Africana studies, capitalism, development, diaspora and transnationalism, ethics, neoliberalism, popular music, slavery and abolition, small farming

Research Region: Jamaica, Caribbean, African diaspora

Research Bio

Ted Sammons received a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. His scholarship focuses on circulations of people, commodities, discourse, and popular culture, in order to illuminate the production of inequality in the Caribbean and its diasporas.  He is presently completing a book manuscript that explores the impact of neoliberal social and economic reform in rural Jamaica, where he argues that one small farming community’s recent effort to revitalize a festival commemorating slavery abolition reveals a response to predominating development strategies that dissents against the equation of freedom with entrepreneurial individualism.  Bringing participant observation to bear on documentary records, the book presents a historically situated analysis of Emancipation Day festivities and of the local legacy of a conception of freedom, forged in the “Caribbean crucible” of plantation slavery, wherein an ethic of personal achievement coextends with an ethic of solidarity.  His new research project investigates twenty-first century formations of diasporic Pan-Africanism in the circulation of Nigerian cinema within North America and the Anglophone Caribbean.



2014.  “Much Too Much Selfishness: Keeping Neoliberalism at a Distance in Rural Jamaica.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism. Vol. 43: 126-137.

2011.  “‘I didn’t say look; I said listen’: The People’s Microphone, #OWS, and Beyond.” Sounding Out! (November 21).