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Mamyrah Prosper


Degree: Ph.D. in Global and Sociocultural Studies

College/School: Steven J. Green College of International and Public Affairs

Mamyrah Prosper immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti at age 15, leaving her parents behind, and moved in with her sister’s family in New Jersey. Mamyrah earned a B.A. in political science and Africana studies from Barnard College in 2005. She also earned an M.S. in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University in 2008 and an M.A. in global and sociocultural studies from FIU in 2012.

Following a family tradition of activism for social justice – her father was a human and labor rights activist – she champions causes including women’s rights, affordable housing and land rights. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the Haitian Platform for Advocacy for an Alternative Development, a central social movement for social justice in Haiti.

Outside of the classroom, Mamyrah has volunteered at Take Back the Land, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, and the Correctional Association of New York. During her time at FIU, she helped organize two conferences on Afro-Latino social movements and feminist reimaginings of the nation that involved academics, students, activists and performing artists. She also served as a teaching assistant and lecturer. Mamyrah has authored and co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, book reviews and encyclopedia entries.

Mamyrah is currently a postdoctoral fellow at North Carolina State University Raleigh where she teaches international studies. She wants to pursue a career in academia where she can conduct research and help students apply what they learn in the classroom to create sustainable social change.