The Ohio State University at Newark

Tiyi M. Morris

Tiyi M. Morris is Associate Professor of African American and African Studies and affiliated faculty in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. She received her B.A. in African & African American Studies and Liberal Studies from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University. Dr. Morris has an interdisciplinary research and teaching focus that combines the fields of American History, Black Studies, and Women's Studies. With this focus, she has taught courses such as 20th century US History; The Civil Rights-Black Power Movements; Gender, Sex and Power; and Black Feminist Thought.

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 Clarie 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 Women Have Options, Ohio's statewide abortion fund.

Areas of Expertise

20th Century US History

African American History

Black Women's History

The Civil Rights Movement

Black Feminism


BA African and African American Studies Emory University

BA Liberal Studies Emory University

PhD American Studies Emory University

Tiyi Morris Curriculum Vitae