Morgan P. Vickers

Ph.D. Candidate

morgan-vickers@berkeley.edu

morganpvickers.com

Research Interests

Black ecologies, Black geographies, moral geographies, racial capitalism, memory studies, infrastructure and development projects, belonging

Morgan P. Vickers (they/them) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. Their current work focuses on drowned towns of the Santee-Cooper Project in South Carolina, wherein 901 families were displaced in the name of New Deal “progress.” Morgan's work highlights New Deal infrastructures, transformed ecologies (notably, swamplands), and dispossessed (racialized) populations in order to challenge myths of universal progress and narratives of purportedly moral geographies. Thematically, Morgan’s work contemplates Black ecologies, placemaking, federal dam and reservoir projects, racial capitalism, moral geographies, community memory studies, and questions of belonging. 

Education

BA       The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

            Majors: American Studies & Communication Studies; Minor: Creative Non-Fiction Writing (2018)

Teaching

Defiant Women: Gender, Power and Violence in American History (Dr. Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers)
Graduate Student Reader at The University of California, Berkeley — Fall 2021

Bl.A.ck Arcadia (Kahlil Joseph & Madebo Fatunde)
Guest Critic at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) — April 2021

Race, Space, and Inequality (Dr. Jovan Scott Lewis) 
Graduate Student Reader at The University of California, Berkeley — Spring 2020

Research Assistantships

Public Histories/Public Futures (Susan Moffat, Global Urban Humanities)
Graduate Student Researcher at The University of California, Berkeley — June 2020 - Present

Community Histories Workshop (Dr. Robert Allen)
Undergraduate Student Researcher at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC — 2016 - 2018

A Red Record: Revealing lynching sites in North Carolina and South Carolina (Dr. Seth Kotch)
Undergraduate Student Researcher at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC — 2016 - 2018