Nickesha Dawkins completed her BA, M.Phil. and Ph.D degrees in Linguistics at the University of the West Indies, Mona. She lectured in the Department of Language Linguistics and Philosophy on the Mona Campus for 8 years.
She is a currently a Lecturer in Linguistics in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. Dr. Dawkins has hands-on training in speech analysis software such as PRAAT. Her doctoral research examined how gender, identity and style may account for the phonological feature selections demonstrated by Jamaican dancehall artists.
Her publications include works in the journal Sargasso and in the edited collection International Reggae: Current and Future Trends in Jamaican Popular Music.