Jessica Marie Johnson
On Leave Fall 2017
I write about histories of slavery and the slave trade; women, gender, and sexuality in the African diaspora; and digital history and new media.
My current book manuscript is a history of free women of African descent laboring, living, and traveling between eighteenth-century Senegal, Saint-Domingue, and Gulf Coast Louisiana. My second project is a collaboration with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University) compiling work reading nineteenth-century black codes against present-day "black code” or digital vernaculars of people of African descent.
I am the founder/curator of African Diaspora, Ph.D.
I'm the recipient of research fellowships and awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, the Richards Civil War Era Center, and the Africana Research Center at the Pennsylvania State University.
(c.v. available by request)
My published work can be found in Slavery & Abolition, Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism, Debates in the Digital Humanities, The Black Scholar, #DHPoCo: Postcolonial Digital Humanities, Digital Humanities Now, the Focus: The Princeton Department of African and African-American Studies Re:Sponse Series on Medium, and the African American Intellectual History Society blog.
I also blog on slavery, feminism, and radical media at my personal blog/workspace Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog.
My digital work has received critical review in differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies (2014) and Uri McMillan's Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance.