Jessica Johnson

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Jessica Marie Johnson

Senior Research Scholar

jmj@msu.edu

Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Michigan State University. Her research interests include women, gender, and sexuality in the African diaspora; histories of slavery and the slave trade; and digital history and new media. As a digital humanist, Johnson is interested in ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent. In 2008, she founded African Diaspora, Ph.D., a blog highlighting scholars and scholarship in the field of Atlantic African diaspora history. She is also co-organizer (with Vanessa Holden) of the Queering Slavery Working Group. Her work in progress is a history of free women of African descent laboring, living, and traveling between eighteenth-century Senegal, Saint-Domingue, and Gulf Coast Louisiana.