Manissa McCleave Maharawal

Manissa McCleave Maharawal is a doctoral candidate in socio-cultural anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She was a co-founding member of the Free University of New York City, and is an oral historian and poet. Her dissertation research looks at activism in response to evictions, displacement and gentrification in New York City and San Francisco.

Fieldnotes on the Death of Alejandro Nieto

As an anthropologist, my research lies at the intersection of gentrification, displacement, evictions and resistance to these processes in New York City and San Francisco. As I carry out my ethnographic fieldwork I feel myself drawn to poetry as a different way of documenting and engaging in what I am observing and experiencing. In particular […]