Jessica Johnson is Assistant Professor 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 engages ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent, and the power of radical media to create social change. Johnson continues to make media as a member of two collaborative projects: the LatiNegrxs Project, a Tumblr and community interrogating Afrxlatinidad from the lens of transformative justice; and the Queering Slavery Working Group.
Johnson holds a PhD 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.