Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2024

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in American Studies


Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Rodolfo Aguilar

Second Advisor

Oumar Diop


When you think of identity, what is the first thing that comes to mind? While I knew the dictionary definition, the actual meaning of identity remained unclear to me. I couldn't quite grasp the concept or how it related to me. That changed when I visited my mother’s homeland of Senegambia in December 2022. There was always a hunch that identity was connected to a sense of belonging and self-discovery, and I was surprised to realize how similar Senegambian. culture. was to my own southern upbringing. Ultimately, that provided a lot of curiosity and shaped my perspective on identity and migration.

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