Jessica Marie Johnson

Jessica Marie Johnson

Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
Spring 2021: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow
Jessica Johnson

Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Johns Hopkins University. An historian of Atlantic slavery and the Atlantic African diaspora, she is the author of Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, August 2020). With Lauren Tilton and David Mmimo, Johnson is the co-author of Debates in DH: Computational Humanities. She is guest editor of Slavery in the Machine, a special issue of sx:archipelagos (2019) and 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 Scholar, Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism, American Quarterly, Social Text, The Journal of African American History, the William & Mary Quarterly, Debates in the Digital Humanities, Forum Journal, Bitch Magazine, Black Perspectives (AAIHS), Somatosphere and Post-Colonial Digital Humanities (DHPoco); her book chapters have appeared in multiple edited collections.

Dark Codex: History, Blackness, and the Digital

Dark Codex: Blackness, History and the Digital examines black diasporic women's engagement with digital and social media, and the long history of their mediation of images and texts created in difficult pasts. It explores research, teaching, and theories that position Atlantic African diaspora history and histories of slavery as the unforeseen and oft-ignored heart of the field of the digital humanities. Dark Codex will expand on this work to explore the history of the study of slavery (from U.B. Phillips to the Slave Voyages Database) weaving the historical practices of black women and women of color scholars through its analysis of the digital.