Jermaine is a Jamaican national and PhD candidate in Political Science at FIU, having started in the Fall semester of 2017. He originally started FIU with a Fulbright Grant (2017-2019) on the Latin American Scholarship Program for American Universities (LASPAU) Fulbright Program. He holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Media and Communication (emphasis on Public Relations) along with a MSc. in Government from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus (UWI), obtaining both in 2012 and 2015, respectively. Prior to joining FIU, Jermaine served as a Teaching Assistant and adjunct lecturer in his native Jamaica at the UWI Mona campus, where he gained invaluable teaching experience in both Political Science and International Relations courses. His current research interest focuses primarily on the colonial legal underpinnings and practical utilizations of emergency powers within Anglophone Caribbean jurisdictions, primarily as it relates criminal justice and law enforcement within his home country. Overall, his research traces and establishes a relationship between colonial and post-independent governance, focusing on the deployments and declarations of states of emergencies in both periods.