Alejandro McGhee

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Class Year: 
2017
Area of Study: 
Atlantic History, Black Studies, Caribbean Studies, Comparative Slavery
Student Status: 
Graduate alumni

Alejandro McGhee is currently a doctoral student in History as well as a Berger-MacCracken Fellow at New York University. He was born in Savannah La Mar, Jamaica and raised on Long Island, NY. He spent many of his childhood summers in Westmoreland, Jamaica where he learned about his family's deep histories on the island.
 
In 2016, he earned his A.B. in Africana Studies and Educational Studies from Vassar College. Soon after in 2017, he earned his M.A. at Columbia in African-American Studies.  His master's thesis, " To Be an Indulgent Master: Kinship and Slavery in 18th-century Scottish-Jamaican Households" received the Zora Neale Hurston Thesis Award for the Social Sciences at Columbia. His research interests take up themes  of kinship under and against enslavement as well as imperial subject formation in the Atlantic World. He was also awarded a 2017-2018 Ann Cornelisen Graduate Fellowship through his alma mater, Vassar College, to study Spanish in Seville, Spain.
 
In the future, he hopes to summon upon his varied professional experiences to develop and lead projects in the Digital Humanities field.