Dr. Cary Fraser

Areas of Expertise & Interest:

  • US Foreign Policy
  • International Relations in the 20thCentury
  • Imperialism and Decolonization
  • Politics of Race in the Americas and the Atlantic World
  • International Relations of the Middle East

I have pursued a dual career as both an academic and a public intellectual in North America and the Caribbean.


  • B.A. History – Guyana
  • M.Sc. International Relations UWI – St. Augustine
  • Ph.D. History/International Relations - University of Geneva

Courses Taught:

  • Civil Rights
  • American Political History in the 20th Century
  • Caribbean History and Politics
  • African Diaspora in the Atlantic World
  • War and Politics in post-1945 USA
  • American Citizenship



Ambivalent Anti-Colonialism: The United States and the Genesis of West Indian Independence (Greenwood, 1994).


2009 -- The Politics of Knowledge and the Revitalization of American Democracy: A Response to Henry Giroux’ The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex - in The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 31:5, (2009) 479-492.

2004 – “The PPP on Trial: British Guiana in 1953” in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, no. 15, March 2004.

2000 -- “The ‘New Frontier’ of Empire: The Transfer of Power in British Guiana, 1961-64” in The International History Review vol. 22, no.3, 2000.

2000 -- “Crossing the Color Line at Little Rock: The Eisenhower Administration and the Dilemma of Race for American Foreign Policy” in Diplomatic History vol. 24, no.2, 2000. (Co-Winner of the Bernath Prize awarded by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations)

1999 -- “The Twilight of British Colonial Rule in the West Indies: Nationalist Assertion vs. Imperial Hubris in the 1930s” in the Journal of Caribbean History, vol 30: nos. 1&2, 1996.

1992 -- "Understanding the American Response toward the Decolonization of European empires, 1945-64." Diplomacy and Statecraft, March 1992.

Book Chapters:

2013 – Decolonization and the Cold War in The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War, eds. Richard Immerman and Petra Goedde, (Oxford University Press, 2013).

2012 – Afterword in Caribbean Sovereignty, Development and Democracy in an Age of Globalization, ed. Linden Lewis, (Routledge, 2012).

2011 -- Re-Framing Freedom and Citizenship in the Black Atlantic – Martin Luther King. Jr, Ghana’s Independence, and the Shifting Terrain of History in the Atlantic World in Africa, Empire and Globalization, Essays in honor of Anthony G. Hopkins – edited by Toyin Falola and Emily Brownell, (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2011).

2009 -- Engaging the Past and Mapping the Future: Nuclear Weapons and Self Determination – from Diego Garcia and Cuba to Iraq and Iran in New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness edited by Karen Dubinsky, Catherine Krull, Susan Lord et al. (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2009).

2009 -- The Middle East and the Persian Gulf as the Gateway to Imperial Crisis: The Bush Administration in Iraq in David Ryan and Patrick Kiely (eds.) The United States and Iraq: Reflections and Projections, (New York and London: Routledge, 2009)

2007 -- Foreword to Frank Birbalsingh’s – The People’s Progressive Party of Guyana, 1950-1992: An Oral History (London: Hansib, 2007) pp. 9-17.

2003 – “An American Dilemma: Race and Realpolitik in the American Response to the Bandung Conference, 1955” in Brenda Gayle Plummer (ed.) Window on Freedom: Race, Civil Rights, and Foreign Affairs, 1945-1988 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003).

2000 -- “Afterword” in David Ryan & Victor Pungong (eds.) The United States and Decolonization: Power and Freedom (London: Macmillan, 2000).

1998 -- “Requiem for the Cold War: Reconsidering the History of International Relations since 1945” in Allen Hunter (ed.) Rethinking the Cold War (Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1998).

1997 -- “In Defense of Allah’s Realm: Religion and Statecraft in Saudi Foreign Policy Strategy,” in Susanne H. Rudolph and James Piscatori (eds.) Transnational Religion and Fading States (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997).

Newspaper Articles/Online Essays:

2015 - US "Original Sin" and the 2016 Presidential Election – Truthout, 18 May 2015.

2015 – A Chronicle of Woe: US Policing Culture From Iraq and Vietnam to Jon Burge's Chicago - Truthout, 27 April 2015.

2015 -- Beyond Hegemony: Obama's Legacy - Truthout, January 5, 2015.

2014 – APEC 2014: An End to the illusions of a unipolar world, Stabroek News (online), December 4, 2014.

2011 – War as the Politics of Failure, Truthout, April 20, 2011.

2011 -- Wisdom and politics: Lessons for Bharrat Jagdeo, Stabroek News, March 28, 2011.

2011 – Pax Americana or American Quagmire, Trinidad and Tobago Review, March 5, 2011.

2011 – Power, Politics and Poverty: The PPP after Jagan, Stabroek News, Guyana, January 3, 2011.

2010 – Revisiting the Politics of Social Change, Truthout, December 4, 2010.

2010 – The Ten Year Crisis, Truthout (online) November 15, 2010.

2010 -- The Politics of Incoherence, Truthout (online) September 28, 2010.

2010 – Shirley Sherrod, Mark Twain, Teddy Roosevelt and American Racial Hysteria, Truthout (online) July 29, 2010; also posted at Historians News Network – Roundup: Historians’ Take – July 30, 2010 (online).

2010 – An Issue of Accountability, Stabroek News, July 19, 2010.

2010 -- Coming to terms with Equality and Diversity: America’s Ongoing Culture Wars, Truthout (online), June 16, 2010.

2010 – In Flight from Reality, Truthout (online), May 26, 2010.

2010 – America’s Existential Crisis, Trinidad and Tobago Review, May 5, 2010.

2010 -- An American Dilemma: Supporting Democracy in Haiti in the Stabroek News, March 22, 2010.

2010 --Torture and the Imperial Presidency in Truthout (online), March 15, 2010.

2010 -- Reconstructing Haiti: Turning a Page in the History of the Americas in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, February 2010.

2010 -- A Presidency Besieged… in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, January 2010.

2009 -- Who do we think we are? In the Stabroek News (Guyana), November 30, 2009.

2009 -- Politics of Peace, Poverty of War: Obama Confronts the Afghan Imbroglio in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, November 2, 2009.

2009 – Terror, Torture and Tyranny: Entering the Labyrinth of History, in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, May 4, 2009.

2009 – Churchill’s Troops couldn’t stop the ‘wind of change’ in Guyana, The Guardian (UK), April 16, 2009.

2009 – Janet Jagan: An Important and Complex Political Legacy, in the Stabroek News (Guyana), March 30, 2009.

2009 – Barack Obama and … the Revival of American Democracy, in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, March 2, 2009.

2009 – Rethinking Inter-American Relations, in the Stabroek News, January 19, 2009.

2009 – Beyond Bush II, in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, January 12, 2009.

2008 – Obama and the Search for a New Contract in America, in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, December 1, 2008.

2008 – Barack Obama and the Politics of Transformation, in the Stabroek News, Georgetown, Guyana, October 20, 2008.

2008 -- The politics of Accountability and the Future of American Democracy, in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, September 1, 2008.

2008 – Irony of Guantánamo: The “War on Terror” and the Legacies of American and Cuban History, in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, August 4, 2008.

2008 – Negotiating Imperial Disengagement: American Policy in Iraq after 2008, in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, July 7, 2008.

2008 – The Return of Casino Capitalism – Stabroek News, Georgetown, Guyana, May 19, 2008.

2008 – Speaking Truth to Power: Obama and Race in American Politics, in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, May 5, 2008.

2008 -- Walter Rodney and reversing the course of Guyana’s tragedy -- Stabroek News, Georgetown, Guyana - April 7, 2008.

2008 -- From King to Obama in the Trinidad and Tobago Review, March 2008.

2007 -- Of Poetics, Politics, and Fragments: Mamadou Diouf and the Burden of History in the Project on New African Literatures Quarterly Forum 2 (Online), November 2007 – edited by Pius Adesanmi, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

2007 – Martin Carter’s After One Year and the Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in Guyana, Stabroek News, October 15, 2007, Georgetown, Guyana.

2007 – Revisiting the Rodney Assassination – Trinidad and Tobago Review (9/07)

2007 – The Dénouement of the post-1968 Conservative Resurgence in the United States – Trinidad and Tobago Review (6/07)

2007 – “The Obama Phenomenon” – Trinidad and Tobago Review (3/07)

2007 – “End of Illusion and End of Era: The Middle East as the Graveyard of Western Empire” in Trinidad and Tobago Review (1/07)

2006 – “Hugo Chavez v. George W. Bush: The Clash of Civilization within the Americas” in Trinidad and Tobago Review (10/06).

2006 – “Search for the New Middle East” in Trinidad and Tobago Review (9/06)

2006 – “Guyana: A Society at war with itself” in Trinidad and Tobago Review (8/06)

2006 – “Bush’s Passage to India” in Trinidad and Tobago Review (3/06)

2005 – “Airbrushed History” in Trinidad and Tobago Review (8/05)

2004 – “Judging Best” in Trinidad and Tobago Review (6/04).

2002 – “Search for the Indies” in Trinidad and Tobago Review (9/02).

2002 – “The Price of Responsibility” in Trinidad and Tobago Review (8/02).

2001 – “Guyana’s Political Breakdown” in Trinidad and Tobago Review, (6-7/01).

2000 -- “Crisis of Guyanese Nationalism” in Trinidad and Tobago Review, (8/00).

1999 -- “Creole Society At Home and Abroad” in Trinidad and Tobago Review, (2/99).

Title: Associate Professor of Political Science
Department: Department of Government and Justice Studies

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7910

Office address
350D Anne Belk Hall