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University of California, Irvine
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Early African American history, African Diaspora, African American women, African American families, African American genealogy, domestic violence, slavery and freedom, Maryland, 18th and 19th century US history, Digital Humanities, contemporary popular culture, comedy and celebrity news.
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About Me

Jessica Millward is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at UC Irvine.  Her research focuses on slavery in early America, African American history as well as women and gender. Dr. Millward’s first book, Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black women in Maryland was published as part of the Race in the Atlantic World series, Athens: University of Georgia Press (2015).  An award winning scholar, she has published in the Journal of African American History, the Journal of Women’s History, Frontiers, Souls and the Women’s History Review as well as Op-eds in Chronicle of Higher Education, The and The She served on the Advisory board for The Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia edited by Daina Ramey Berry and Deleso Alford. Millward’s research has been supported by the American Association of University Women; the Mellon Foundation; the UC Consortium of Black Studies; the UCI School of Humanities; UCHRI; and the Organization of American Historians. Millward is currently working on a book length project that discusses African American women’s experiences with sexual assault and intimate partner violence in the late19th century.


Dr. Millward holds a PhD in History from UCLA.

Recent Publications


Books Authored

Millward, J. (2015). Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland. Athens: University of Georgia Press. (Race in the Atlantic World, 1700-1900, Series in collaboration with the Library Company of Philadelphia. Editors: Richard S. Newman, Patrick Rael and Manisha Sinha.).

Book Chapters, Peer-Reviewed

Millward, J. (2018). Wombs of Liberation: Petitions, Law, and the Black Woman’s Body in Maryland, 1780–1858,” In Ramey Berry, D., Harris, L. (Eds.) Slavery and Sexuality: Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the America. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 88-108.

Borucki, A., Millward, J. (2016). The World The Slaves Made: Black Cultural Production in the nineteenth century. In Eltis, D., Engerman, S., Drescher, S., Richardson, D. (Eds.) (Vol. Cambridge World History of Slavery Volume 4, 296-318).

Journal Articles, Peer-Reviewed

Millward, J. (2016). Black Women’s History and the Labor of Mourning. Haley, S., Gore, D. (Eds.). Souls, January–March 2016 ed., Vol. 18(No. 1), pp. 161–165.

Millward, J. (2013). Charity Folks, Loss Royalty and the Bishop Family of Maryland and New York. Journal of African American History, 98(1 (Winter 2013)), 24-47.

Millward, J. (2013). On Agency, Freedom and the Boundaries of Slavery Studies. Labour/Le Travail, 71(Spring 2013), 193-202. Canada: (Labour/Le Travail is the official, semi-annual publication of the Canadian Committee on Labour History.).

 Millward, J. (2012). ‘That All Her Increase Shall Be Free’: Enslaved Women’s Bodies and the Maryland 1809 Law of Manumission. Women’s History Review, 21(3), 363-378.

Millward, J. (2010). ‘The Relics of Slavery’: Inter-racial Sex and Manumission in the American South. Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, 31(3), 22-30.

 Millward, J. (2007). More History Than Myth: African American Women’s History since the Publication of Ar’n’t I a Woman”. Journal of Women’s History, vol. 19(No. 2), 161-167. (Winner, Letitia Woods Brown Best Article Award, Association of Black Women’s Historians).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, Emancipation, Gender, Rebellion & Revolution, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Slavery, Women