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 was born in Savannah La Mar, Jamaica and raised on Long Island, NY. He spent much of his childhood summers returning to Westmoreland, Jamaica where he learned about his family's histories as well as the island's place in post-colonial development discourse.
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 IRAAS.  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 University. His research interests take up questions of kinship, belonging and human motivations in transnational contexts. He was also awarded a 2017-2018 Ann Cornelisen Graduate Fellowship through his alma mater, Vassar College. As a fellow, he will receive year-long funding to study Spanish abroad in southern Spain. In the future, he hopes to summon upon his varied academic and work experiences to develop and lead projects in the Digital Humanities field.