My name is Jennifer A. Cárcamo, and I am a scholar, historian, filmmaker, and organizer whose research primarily focuses on the social movement history of Central America, including its Diaspora. My dream is to someday teach Central American social history, as well as to produce historical documentaries that uplift the stories of Central American peoples across race, class, and gender.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, I am the proud daughter of Salvadoran migrant/refugee parents. I am currently a doctoral student at UCLA in the History Department (Latin America). I have a B.A. from UCLA in Political Science (Theory) with minors in Latin American Studies and Labor & Workplace Studies. I also have an M.A. in Documentary Film & History from Syracuse University, and a second M.A. in History from UCLA.
My first documentary Children of the Diaspora: For Peace and Democracy (2013) can be viewed for free at https://childrenofthediaspora.com/. I also recently released my second documentary called Eternos Indocumentados: Central American Refugees in the U.S. (2018), which can also be viewed online at https://www.eternosindocumentados.com/.
“The need to know [for historians] has often gone beyond the intellectual passion of committed academics to include a sense of commitment as citizens who are not only students of history, but also active and responsible historical subjects who may be motivated by something broader than ourselves: a community, an institution, a movement, a place.” — Alesandro Portelli, Tryin’ to Gather a Little Knowledge: Some Thoughts on the Ethics of Oral History