Leslie Ann C. R. Toney
Research and Interests: Caribbean society and the Black Diaspora. Cultural and structural issues in health, social and educational in the Caribbean, particularly as they impact women and adolescents.
Bio: My scholarship centers Black women and girls, and youth in the Black Diaspora, but particularly in the English-speaking Caribbean. Using Black, transnational and decolonial feminist frameworks I interrogate how these groups navigate systems of health and well-being, and how their meaning-making and resistance shapes society.
Awards and Honors: 2020 Virginia Tech Department of Sociology Graduate Student Research Grant
2020 Virginia Tech Department of Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies Research Grant
2015 Ministry of Sustainable Planning, Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Lumination Challenge Award for Social Innovation
Presentations at Professional Conferences: Toney, L. (2019) The Role of Psychosocial Uncertainty in Trinidadian Women’s Innovative Approaches to Reproductive Healthcare: An Intersectional Analysis. Paper presented at the National Council for Black Studies 44th Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. Toney, L. (2018) Using Culture to Transform the Mental Health Landscape. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Caribbean Studies Association Conference, Havana, Cuba.
Courses Taught: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies; Caribbean Psychology; Post-graduate clinical practicum in psychology.
Robertson Toney, L. (in press). Petticoats and Bloomers: The Geometry of Black Female Aesthetic Expression in Trinidad Orisha. In Andrea N. Baldwin and Nana Brantuo (Eds) Black Feminist Decoloniality: Theorizing Toward Futurity. Blacksburg: Virginia Tech Publishing.
Robertson Toney, L. (in press). Psychosocial Uncertainty: Psychosocial and Cultural Impacts of Interfacing with Non-functioning, Oppressive, Institutions of Power. In Andrea N. Baldwin and Tonya Haynes (Eds) Global Black Feminism: Cross Border Collaboration Through an Ethics of Care. New York: Routledge.