Morgan P. Vickers

Ph.D. Student

Morgan P. Vickers (they/them) is a second-year Ph.D. student 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.” Thematically, Morgan’s work contemplates Black geographies and placemaking, federal dam and reservoir projects, affect theory, community memory studies, and questions of belonging.


BA       The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

Conferences and Invited Presentations

Participant and Presenter, “‘Pushing Back the Darkness’: Black Dispossession and White Progress in the Santee Cooper Project,” Dispossession in Motion Workshop, The University of California, Berkeley, April 2020 (Conference Canceled due to Covid-19).

Moderator, “Radical Homemaking,” The Berkeley Black Geographies Symposium, The University of California, Berkeley, March 2020.

Panelist, “Historians and Developers, Pitfalls and Potential,” National Humanities Conference, New Orleans, November 2018.

Panelist, “Kenan Institute for Ethics Scholar Symposium in Human Rights, Ethics, and International Politics,” Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University, April 2018.

Participant & Researcher, “2017 Lynching in the American South Digital Conference,” A Red Record Conference, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, June 2017.


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

Select Awards, Grants, Fellowships

The University of California, Berkeley

The Wilson Special Collections Library Summer Visiting Research Fellowship | Summer 2020

Ellison Durant Smith Research Award | Summer 2020

Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study | Fall 2019 - Present

Mildred Colodny Diversity Scholarship for Graduate Study in Historic Preservation | Fall 2019 - Spring 2021

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The New Hope Fellowship for Digital Historical Research | Summer 2018

Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award | June 2018

VIMY Global Team Award (Declined) | May 2018

Best Poster Certificate: 19th Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research | April 2018

Peter C. Baxter Memorial Prize Award | 2018 Chancellor’s Awards

William Stevens Powell Award | 2018 Chancellor’s Awards

William W. and Ida W. Taylor and James S. Gold Faculty-Mentored Research Fellowship | Summer 2017

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) | Summer 2017

Hayden B. Renwick Academic Achievement Award | 2014 – 2018