Jessica Marie Johnson

Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and History at Johns Hopkins University.

Johnson holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in History 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.

Her research interests focus primarily on Atlantic slavery and the Atlantic African diaspora, with a special interest in women, gender, and sexuality. Her articles and book chapters have appeared in Slavery & AbolitionThe Black ScholarMeridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism, Debates in the Digital Humanities as well as on Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society. She’s the recipient of research fellowships and awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Richards Civil War Era Center and Africana Research Center at the Pennsylvania State University.

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Kidada Williams

Kidada Williams is Associate Professor of History at Wayne State University. Williams researches African American history after slavery with a focus on issues of racial violence and social trauma. Her first book, They Left Great Marks on Me (published by the New York University Press in 2012), explores the vernacular history of southern African Americans’ experiences of racial violence from emancipation to World War I and its link to the origins of the Civil Rights Movement. Williams’s next project will investigate the ways in which experiencing Reconstruction-era violence destabilized African American families in their transitions from slavery to freedom. She has branched out into the realm of public scholarship by giving public lectures, blogging, and participating in social media/networking, where she shares and discusses information on history, race, culture, politics, and higher education.

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Ana-Lucia Araujo

Ana-Lucia Araujo is Full Professor of History at Howard University. She is a cultural historian whose work explores the history and the memory of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery and their social and cultural legacies. She is particularly interested in the public memory, heritage, and visual culture of slavery. Her books include Brazil Through French Eyes: A Nineteenth-Century Artist in the Tropics (2015), a revised and expanded English version of her book Romantisme tropical (2008); Shadows of the Slave Past: Memory, Heritage and Slavery (2014); and Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic, published in 2010.She has also edited a number of books: African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World (2015), Politics of Memory: Making Slavery Visible in the Public Space (2012), Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities (2011), and Living History: Encountering the Memory of the Heirs of Slavery (2009). With Paul E. Lovejoy and Mariana P. Candido she co-edited the volume Crossing Memories: Slavery and African Diaspora (2011).

She is currently finishing a book manuscript titled Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History.

Araujo is the creator of the #slaveryarchive hashtag.