Manissa Maharawal is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at The CUNY Graduate Center, an activist, oral historian and poet. Her dissertation research focuses on struggles over urban space, gentrification and contemporary youth social movements in the United States. She is broadly interested in historical and contemporary struggles for social justice and understanding dynamics of race, class, and gender in the formation of political subjectivities. A trained oral historian she is the co-director and co-founder of the Narratives of Displacement Project in San Francisco and is currently an ACLS/Mellon Fellow. She is from and lives in Brooklyn, New York.