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Pewu, Jamila

Assistant Professor of History

Project Director, Mapping Arts OC

Department of History

Office: 657-278-3477

Department: 657-278-3474



Jamila Moore Pewu is a public and digital historian whose work explores how and why groups and individuals reimagine the spaces around them to create new urban futures. She is particularly interested in examining the concept of reimagining through the unique historical, geographic and methodological perspectives posed by African diasporic and or Black Atlantic communities both past and present. As an assistant professor of history at California State University, Fullerton, Moore Pewu leads the History Department’s digital humanities initiatives which include organizing a regular digital history colloquium series, hosting a digital history student symposium, facilitating a six-week digital history professional development workshop for master’s students, and teaching introductory and advanced practicum courses in digital history. In addition, she teaches survey and upper division courses in U.S. history, African history, and historical research and writing. Before pursuing a career in academia Moore Pewu worked at the Museum of African American History in Boston (2003-2004) where she first developed a passion for public history. As such, she strives to increase public access to vital historical data, while also creating opportunities for first-generation college students within Orange County digital humanities. Moore Pewu currently serves as project director for Mapping Arts OC, a public digital humanities project that maps public art and underrepresented artists in Orange County. She also serves as co-curator and head digital curator of the Restoration and Reunion exhibit currently on display at the Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, Connecticut. This groundbreaking exhibit brings scholars and artist together for the first time to interpret the history of a forgotten 19th century African diasporic historic site.

Areas of Knowledge:
  • Digital History/Digital Humanities
  • African Diasporic Placemaking
  • Black Geographies
  • Public Humanities
  • African Studies
  • City Planning History
  • 19th Century US

  • African American Studies
  • Africa
  • Culture -- Diversity
  • History -- American
  • Orange County
  • Racial Issues

  • Africa
  • North America