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Jameelah Morris

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Jameelah Morris

In the Field
Research Interests: 
Blackness; Land Dispossession; Development; Historical Memory; Place and Space; Media; Youth Activism; Continuities of Slavery and Colonization; Latin America and the Caribbean; Colombia


I am interested in land dispossession, historical memory, articulations of blackness, and Black political mobilization in Latin America. I conduct research on the dispossession of Afro-descendant territories in the Caribbean Coast of Colombia within the context of tourism and port development in the region, and the persistent disavowal of Law 70 (The “Law of the Black Communities”). Furthermore, my research hones in on the ways in which Black youth activism and youth articulations of Black life are constitutive parts of the defense of the these territories in the region.

Before coming to Stanford, I received my B.A. in International Relations (with a concentration on Latin America) and Spanish from Tufts University. I then worked as a nonprofit consultant for four years supporting national and community-based Black organizations. I am also an advisor to ADACI (African Diaspora Ancestral Commemoration Institute), a non-profit organization that organizes educational and commemoration events in honor of those that perished during the Middle Passage and transatlantic slavery.