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Marissa Moss

PIF Fellow

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Marissa Moss (she/her/hers) is a second-year PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She entered the PhD program in Fall 2019, and she is also completing a concentration in Black Studies. Her research interests are Black women’s history, the Great Migration, policing, and reform movements in the Progressive era. In particular, Marissa is interested in the ways African American women were subjected to increased surveillance and policing following the passage of the Mann Act in 1910.

Marissa received her B.A. in History from Indiana University Bloomington where she worked for the Indiana University Bicentennial Project. For the Bicentennial Project, Marissa collected oral histories and created public history displays. Since moving to Chicago, she has worked as a research associate for the Chicago History Museum to continue pursuing her interest in public history. Marissa is a member of the Association of Black Women Historians, the Black Graduate Student Association, and a member of the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) Race and Ethnicity workshop. In her free time, Marissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being a cat mom to her tuxedo cat, Bubba, and reading fiction books.