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First Name
Jessica Marie
Last Name
Johns Hopkins University
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history, slavery, gender, social justice, new orleans, caribbean, united states, african diaspora, afrolatinidad, colonialism, digital media, digital humanities, social media
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About Me

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Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Africana Studies and Department of History at the Johns Hopkins University.

Johnson is a historian of Atlantic slavery and the Atlantic African diaspora. She is the author of Practicing Freedom: Black Women, Intimacy, and Kinship in New Orleans Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, under contract).

She is also co-editor with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University) of Black Code: A Special Issue of the Black Scholar (2017).

Her work has appeared in Slavery & Abolition, The Black ScholarMeridians: Feminism, Race and TransnationalismDebates in the Digital Humanities, Bitch Magazine, Black Perspectives (AAIHS), and Post-Colonial Digital Humanities (DHPoco).

She is founding curatrix at African Diaspora, Ph.D. or #ADPhD (, co-organizer of the Queering Slavery Working Group with Dr. Vanessa Holden (University of Kentucky), a member of the LatiNegrxs Project (, and a Digital Alchemist at the Center for Solutions to Online Violence (

As a historian, Johnson researches black diasporic freedom struggles from slavery to emancipation. As a digital humanist, Johnson explores ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent.

She is the recipient of research fellowships and awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, and the Richards Civil War Era Center and Africana Research Center at the Pennsylvania State University, and the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Johnson tweets as @jmjafrx.

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Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Revolution, American Founding Era, Colonialism, Emancipation, Family, Gender, Politics, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Slavery, Technology, Women