810 S Wright
Urbana, IL 61801
Morgan L. Ridgway is an interdisciplinary scholar and writer born and raised in West Philadelphia. Currently, they are a PhD candidate in History with graduate minors in American Indian Studies and Queer Studies. Prior to moving to Illinois, Morgan received their B.A. in Psychology and Gender and Sexuality Studies from Swarthmore College.
In addition to their scholarly pursuits, Morgan is particularly interested in findings points of connection between poetry, creative nonfiction, dance, mixed media, and archives in order to present historical evidence in more immersive ways.
Native American and Indigenous Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Modern U.S. History
Race and Ethnicity
Morgan L. Ridgway specializes in twentieth century U.S. history with an emphasis on the Indigenous Mid-Atlantic. Their dissertation explores the affective and embodied dimensions of Indigenous community development within Lenapehoking/Philadelphia and the role of gathering in rejecting the temporal and social nothingness assigned Native people by settler ideas of the future. In the process, they critique multiculturalism as an often violent antiblack settler practice and center Indigenous women as key leaders in a multitribal community who disidentify with the settler present through intimacy, feeling, dance, and art making.
M.A. History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
B.A. Gender and Sexuality Studies, Swarthmore College, 2014
B.A. Psychology, Swarthmore College, 2014
Awards and Honors
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Fellowship 2019-2020
Andrew W. Mellon Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Predoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019
University of Pennsylvania Visiting Scholar, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 2018-2019
List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent and Outstanding based on ICES Scores, Fall 2017
University of Illinois Graduate College Fellow, 2015-2017
HIST 100: Global History