Nicolette Bethel holds a PhD and MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and a BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto. Among other things, she is a career teacher, having begun teaching part-time at the College of The Bahamas in 1986, and continuing until the present.

In 1989 she went into teaching full-time, accepting a post in English at St Anne's High School, Fox Hill, Nassau, where she remained until her return to university to pursue post-graduate studies in 1992. In 1995, having completed her coursework and fieldwork in Anthropology, she accepted a post to teach English and Anthropology at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific; in 2000, she returned to The Bahamas to take up a double post in the schools of English and Social Sciences at the College of The Bahamas.

She left academia to assume the position of Director of Cultural Affairs for the Bahamas Government, but continued to teach part-time at the College. On January 1, 2009, she relinquished her position as Director of Culture to return to the College (soon to be University) of The Bahamas, where she teaches courses in research methods, Bahamian society and culture, and, every so often, theatre and English composition. She regards her five-plus years in the civil service as fieldwork of a very different nature, and her research is ongoing.

Academic interests: identity, gender, orality, cultural industries, public administration, the festival arts, spatial justice.

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University of The Bahamas Opening Convocation, September 2018