Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Williams College USA
Keston K. Perry, PhD. is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College USA. His work examines the role of race and racial formation in climate change policy and its implications, in particular the aspects of the financial system that underpin international climate policy that reproduce marginalization and dispossession specifically in the Caribbean and African diaspora. Dr. Perry’s work appreciates the ways in which global institutions and governing arrangements expose Black and racialized communities to acute dispossession, debt and death within the context of the climate crisis. This work makes the case for climate reparations to advance social justice and self-determination of Caribbean peoples. His work is published in Geoforum, Politics, Energy Research and Social Sciences, Development and Change, among others. He was previously a lecturer in economics at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. His previous research examines financialization in commodity-producing economies, industrial policy and innovation dynamics in the global South. In 2018, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the Climate Policy Lab, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. In 2021, Dr Perry was an Economic Affairs Officer at the Division of Globalization and Development Strategies of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. In January 2022, he assumed the position as an Associate Editor of the international academic journal Geoforum. He earned his PhD at SOAS, University of London and is currently writing a book on climate reparations.