Jessica Stites Mor

Associate Professor

Office: ART 242
Phone: 250.807.9655

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Transnational solidarity movements; politics and culture of the left; cinema and digital media.

Courses & Teaching

Latin America; Global South; documentary.


Research Website


PhD, History, Yale University
MA, International Relations, Yale University
BA, History and Economics (Honours) University of Kansas

Research Interests & Projects

I am currently researching transnational solidarity movements, focusing on the particularities of South-South political activism. I have recently completed work on an edited volume that examines notions of citizenship, human rights and political community in transnational solidarity movements across the Global South during the Cold War.

As a cultural historian, my teaching frequently involves the exploration of art, performance, craft, and media technologies. I have recently begun a pilot project at UBC Okanagan teaching hands-on documentary filmmaking as a tool for historians and other humanities and social science scholars. My course Digital Media and History uses creative practice and dialogue to uncover the many ways in which historians use film and digital media for inquiry, interpretation, and communication. I have recently given talks on the role of digital media in political activism, collective memory struggles, and public history debates.

Beginning in July 2015, I am also Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, which has its home in the Latin American Studies Program at UBCO.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Google Scholar

Stites Mor, J., ed. The Art of Solidarity: Visual and Performative Cultures in Cold War Latin America. Austin: University of Texas, 2018.

Stites Mor, J., ed. Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Cold War Latin America. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, February 2013.

Stites Mor, J. Transition Cinema: Political Filmmaking and the Argentine Left since 1968. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, May 2012.

Feld, C. and J. Stites Mor. El pasado que miramos: memoria e imagen en Argentina (The Past We View: Memory and Image in the Recent Argentine Past). Buenos Aires: Editorial Paidos, 2009.

Stites Mor, J. “Transgression and Responsibility: Shifting Discourses in Argentine Women’s Filmmaking from Maria Luisa Bemberg to Lucrecia Martel.” In El cine argentino de hoy: Entre el arte y la politicaEd., Viviana Rangil. Buenos Aires: Editorial Biblos, 2008.

Stites Mor, J. and N. Vaisman. “Memory, Political Space, and Activism: Mapping the New Documentary Film Movement in Argentina.” Latin American Studies Association Conference, San Juán, Puerto Rico, March 2006. Cd-Rom.

Selected Grants & Awards

SSHRC Connection “Beyond Borders: Solidarity, Refuge and Asylum,” 2019

SSHRC Insight Grant “South to South: Latin American Transnational Solidarity Movements and the Global South:, 2015-2018

Curricular Innovation Award, 2010, 2011

SSHRC 4A, 2010, SSHRC Institutional Award 2011 co-Investigator (PI C. Schneider), 4A 2012, 4A 2013

University of British Columbia, Internal Research Grant, 2009-2010, 2014-2015

University of British Columba, Publication Grant, 2008, 2012

Research affiliate, Instituto de Historia “Emilio Ravignani”, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2002-2007

Research associate, Instituto de Desarrollo Economico y Social, Buenos Aires, 2001-2005

Yale University Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2005-2006

Social Science Research Council-International Dissertation Research Fund Grant, 2004-2005

Yale Center for International and Area Studies Field Research Grant, 2004-2005

Yale Center for International and Area Studies Summer Travel Grant, 2003

Richard J. Franke Fellowship in the Humanities, Yale University 2000-2003

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Latin American History, Yale University, 2000-2006

Lehrer International Relations Fellowship, Yale University, 1998-2000


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