Professor Joyce Toney was the chairperson of the Department of Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies from 1998 to 2002. She was also the director of the Women's Studies Program from 2002 to 2005. Prof. Toney's research looks at the origins of the Caribbean "culture of migration," and identifies the historical role that Caribbean migrants have played in determining political and social issues in their home society. Another area of her research examines the controversial ways in which Caribbean migrants in New York City used their ethnicity to confront racism in the larger society.
Her publications include:
- "Exporting Culture: Caribbean Americans in New York City" in The Impact of US Carribbean Relations on the People and Their Cultures, Ransford Palmer, ed., Greenwood Press, 1997.
- "Women, Urbanization and Structural Adjustment in St. Vincent", in The Urban Challenge and the Black Diaspora, Charles Green, ed., SUNY at Albany Press, 1997.
- "African History 1800 to the Present." Course outline in African History: Selected Course Outlines and Reading Lists from American Colleges and Universities, Daniel Smith ed., Marcus Wiener Publishing, 1993.
- "Similarities and Differences in the Response to Oppression Among Blacks in the Diaspora," in Michael D'Innocenzo and Josef Sirefman eds., Immigration and Ethnicity, Greenwood Publishing Group, August, 1992. pages 221-229.
- "The Changing Relationship between Caribbean Men and Women in New York City" in Establishing New Lives. Velta J.Clarke and Emmanuel Riviere, Medgar Evers College, Caribbean Research Center, 1989. pages 65-83.
- "The Perpetuation of a Culture of Migration: West Indian American Ties With Home" in Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, January, 1989. pages 39-55.
- "Behind the Planter's Back" by Neil Price Book Review Caribbean Quarterly, Vol 35, No. 3, September, 1989. pages. 52-53.
Dr. Toney is involved in political and social affairs in Brooklyn where she lives. She is a member of the board of the Flatbush Development Organization, and is active in several other civic and political groups.