Marissa Olivares Morales

Ph.D. Student (2023 Cohort)
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Marissa Olivares Morales is a Ph.D. student at the Jackson School of International Studies, specializing in Indigenous Human Rights and Indigenous Politics. She is also an Associate Professor at the Universidad Centroamericana in Nicaragua. Her research focuses on the Indigenous struggle to secure territorial rights, self-determination, and autonomy on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. Prior to joining the Jackson School, she received a Fulbright Scholar in Residence award in 2023, during which she taught at the International Studies Department at Seattle University and collaborated with the Central American Initiative.

She received an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Kentucky in 1998 and she is now a Fulbright Alumni. She received a B.A. in Sociology at the Universidad Centroamericana in 1994.