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Michael O'Neal, Ph.D.
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Island Resources Foundation


Michael E. O’Neal is Senior Research Fellow at Island Resources Foundation, an organization with offices in Washington, D.C. and the Caribbean, whose central mission is to assist small islands to meet the challenges of social, economic and institutional growth while protecting and enhancing their environments.

Former President of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Dr. O’Neal had previously served as the first Resident Tutor/Head of the University of the West Indies, BVI Centre. In addition, from 1997-2004, he held appointment as Core Professor at the Graduate College of the Union Institute in Ohio, where he supervised Ph.D. students in interdisciplinary studies.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. O’Neal was a managing director of the business enterprises of J.R. O’Neal Ltd (BVI). He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Public Service Commission, the Development Bank of the Virgin Islands, and as Chairman of the BVI National Parks Trust, 2003-2009. He is currently a director of JOMA Ltd, a closely-held, family-owned real estate management and development company.

Dr. O’Neal is a member of several professional associations and learned societies, and is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute (U.K.) and of the American Anthropological Association.

Michael O'Neal's Blog

Article -- “Idiosyncracies of Place”: A Conversation with La Vaughn Belle [arcthemagazine.com]

A post which might be of interest to Caribbeanists -- St Croix - “Idiosyncracies of Place”: A Conversation with La Vaughn Belle. An excerpt and relevant url follow:

DK: You’ve said that you ‘re interested in “the provincial and the domestic”. What does this mean?

LVB: The provincial often has a negative connotation. People think of small towns, small islands, small mindedness. But…

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 9:07pm — 5 Comments

Article: "Sugar In The Blood: Andrea Stuart’s Barbadian Legacy" [TheWorld.org]

I just came across this piece, which might be of interest, excerpted below.


As Andrea Stuart writes in the current issue of Granta magazine, her Barbadian heritage is a complicated one. Stuart was born and raised on the Caribbean island, but in 1976, when she was a teenager, her family moved to England. She says her new home wasn’t especially welcoming to newcomers from the Caribbean —…


Posted on June 17, 2012 at 10:26pm

Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism -- New book on BVI social history

My book on BVI social history, entitled "Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism: Social Transformations in the British Virgin Islands", released two weeks ago in eBook format for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and Apple iBook/iTunes readers, is now also available online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both paperback and hardcover print editions.

Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism is a study in the political economy of development of the British…


Posted on March 14, 2012 at 5:13am — 2 Comments

History of Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies: Digital Archive

I recently sought to re-connect with a fellow-anthropologist with whom I’d been out of touch for many years, indeed, since our days as graduate students.In the course of finding Dr Susan Lowes, currently Director of Research and

Evaluation at the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University, via the wonders of the internet, I also encountered a digital archive of material that she has assembled on the history and culture of…


Posted on April 9, 2010 at 3:31am — 3 Comments

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At 6:40pm on October 5, 2011, Nina Briggs said…

Thank you Michael, Just up my alley. If you come across any architectural anthropology, drop me a line. Cheers!


At 2:01am on June 13, 2010, Nandasena Maddugoda said…
Dear Dr.Michael O'Neal

I am from Sri Lanka and doing a PhD on Ideologies and practices on Mega development projects in Developing Countries.
I study Expressway Project in Sri lanka.

If you have similer research or any information / experience pl.let me know

At 1:30pm on April 15, 2010, Sheyma Buali said…
Thank you for your comments! It seems that your work would be of interest to me as Bahrain is also a small island that must think of sustainable development.
At 11:38am on March 25, 2010, Huon Wardle said…
Welcome Michael, I hope you find the site useful in inspiriting!
At 11:07am on March 22, 2010, Keith Hart said…
Good to make your acquaintance, Michael. I have a soft spot for the Caribbean ever since spending two years there in the 1980s and subsequently spending three years with CLR James in Brixton.


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