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Hazim Karim Abdullah-Smith

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Graduate Assistant III, American Studies

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Hazim Abdullah-Smith is a Ph.D candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. In their dissertation, they explore Black, queer travel and migration narratives between Jamaica and the U.S. They are interested in the cultural significance of tourism for Black, queer people, queer Caribbean identity formation and Black queer social life. They bring together Black queer studies, cultural geography, digital humanities and popular culture to understand Black, queer, diasporic belonging. Hazim has completed graduate certificates in Women’s Studies and Digital Studies in the Arts and Humanities. They earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in African American Studies with a certificate in Civic Engagement. Throughout their time at Northwestern, Hazim pursued various forms of political, social and scholarly activism and received the 2016 department award for Academic and Community Leadership in African American Studies. Hazim’s work has been supported by the African American Digital Humanities (AADHUM) fellowship program, Social Science Research Council and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF).