Jessica Marie Johnson is a 2012-2013 Africana Research Center and Richards Civil War Era Center Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Pennsylvania State University and Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University.
Johnson holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in history from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.A. in African & African American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis where she was also a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Between 2009 and 2011, she was a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow in the Africana Studies Program at Bowdoin College.
Her dissertation, “Freedom, Kinship, and Property: Free Women of African Descent in the French Atlantic, 1685-1810,” explores the lives of free women of African descent who resided in the port towns of Senegal, Saint-Domingue, and Gulf Coast Louisiana during the long eighteenth century. Her past awards include a Woodrow Wilson Mellon-Mays Dissertation Grant, an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, and a Gilder-Lehrman Institute Research Fellowship.
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Fields of Study:
United States, African American, and Atlantic African Diaspora history
Women and Gender Studies
Teaching & Research Interests
Atlantic African diaspora (emphasis on ‘free people of color’ in Africa and the Americas); women, gender, and sexuality during the period of Atlantic slavery; slavery in history and memory; diaspora and race theory; digital media-making, social media, and digital history; Afrxlatinidad; New Orleans history and culture.
Department of History
108 Weaver Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16801
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