The Ohio State University at Newark

Tiyi M. Morris

Tiyi M. Morris is Associate Professor of African American and African Studies and a co-founder/co-director of the Ohio Prison Education Exchange Project (OPEEP). She is a Civil Rights historian who studies Black women’s social and political activism. Dr. Morris’ interdisciplinary research and teaching combine the fields of African American and African Studies; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and American History. With this focus, she has taught courses such as Black Feminist Thought; The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements; Gender, Sex and Power; Social (In)Justice and the Black Experience: An Inside-Out Prison Exchange Course; and 20th century US History. Teaching in African American and African Studies, a discipline that emerged from social justice movements, her curricula underscore the need to create a more just and equitable society. Dr. Morris believes her role as an educator is to help dismantle systems of oppression by liberating the minds of students and empowering them to challenge the oppressions they face and/or perpetuate.

Dr. Morris’ book, Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi (UGA Press, 2015) provides the first comprehensive examination of the Jackson, Mississippi-based organization Womanpower Unlimited. Founded in 1961 by Claire Collins Harvey, Womanpower engaged in the mainstays of civil rights activism, including voter registration and school desegregation as well as peace activism and anti-poverty initiatives. Through its civil rights activism, Womanpower spearheaded a movement for revitalizing Black women’s social and political activism in the state. This manuscript centers Black women as key leaders whose civic engagement was a visionary philosophy grounded in a legacy of Black women’s activism, yet unique to the social movement during which it existed.

Dr. Morris’ work has also appeared in Southern Black women in the Civil Rights Era (1954-1974): A State by State Study; Comrades: A Local History of the Black Panther Party; and Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Struggles in America. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Morris is a board member of the Westerville Education Foundation.

Areas of Expertise

20th Century US History

African American History

Black Women's History

The Civil Rights Movement

Black Feminism


PhD American Studies-History, Purdue University

BA African and African American Studies; Liberal Studies, Emory University

Tiyi M. Morris' CV 9 2020