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Morey, Maribel

Morey, Maribel

Assistant Professor

Office: 018 Hardin Hall
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Ph.D., Princeton University (2013); JD, NYU School of Law (2006)

Maribel Morey is a twentieth-century U.S. historian with particular interests in the history of U.S. philanthropy, the sociology of knowledge on race and ethnicity, and public policymaking on minority groups. Currently, she is writing a book tentatively titled, From Tuskegee to Myrdal. It describes how and why elite philanthropic organizations began to strip their identities as proponents of segregated education for black Americans and metamorphose into central institutions of the civil rights struggle in the United States. The subsequent project will continue the chronology of this first book manuscript and explore what big philanthropy meant by advocating racial equality in the United States during the later half of the twentieth century. This two-part project aims to enrich contemporary understandings of the philanthropic sector in twentieth-century American life; and by learning from its own past, provide blueprints for how big philanthropy in the twenty-first century can become a greater democratizing force in the lives of minority groups in the U.S. and in other similarly situated democracies around the world.

Maribel's work has been published in journals such as Law, Culture, & the Humanities, New York University Law Review, and Reviews in American History. She is a co-founder and editor of HistPhil, a new web publication on the history of philanthropy. She is also a contributor for The Atlantic Online and Stanford Social Innovation Review. For more information on Maribel Morey, please go to