My research is focused on Afro-descendant political mobilization in Latin America. Specifically, my research explores the legal, social, and spatial articulations of blackness in Colombia within the context of ongoing activism against anti-black violence(s). Afro-Colombian organizational and advocacy mobilizations across the country are unfolding in response to contemporary challenges to Colombia’s 1990s “ethnicization process” (which defined black communities along “ethnic” and territorial lines). As part of my focus, I will explore the aftermath of this process as marked by continuities of slavery and anti-blackness in Colombia within the context of land revocations and invasions and anti-black violence during this current “peace process”. Additionally, I am interested in how land rights and heritage are being contested both between Pacific and non-Pacific Afro-Colombian activist groups and between Afro-Colombians and the state. Within this lens, I will also delve into how Afro-Colombian organizing efforts are activating multi-modal forms of collective memory to understand slavery and its afterlives.
Before coming to Stanford, Jameelah received her B.A. in International Relations (with a concentration on Latin America) and Spanish from Tufts University. She then worked in Boston at the nonprofit consulting firm Root Cause as a Consultant with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement where she collaborated with organizations across the country to improve the life outcomes of Black men and boys. Jameelah has also worked in Honduras and Nicaragua leading community development and youth leadership projects with Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) and served as Co-President of its Boston Chapter.