Associate Professor of History
Rashauna Johnson, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University, earned the Ph.D. in history with a concentration in the African diaspora from New York University. Her dissertation received the 2011 Dean's Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Humanities. Her first book, Slavery's Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans during the Age of Revolutions (Cambridge University Press, 2016), won the 2016 Williams Prize for the best book in Louisiana history.
She is currently at work on her second book project, a family history of slavery and its overlapping diasporas in Louisiana's Florida Parishes. That project was supported in Fall 2016 by the Mellon Scholars Post-Doctoral Fellowship in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship in the Humanistic Studies, Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, and Morse Academic Plan Postdoctoral Fellowship have also supported her research. She is also the recipient of the Drusilla Dunjee Houston Award given by the Association of Black Woman Historians. At Dartmouth, she has been a fellow with the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID). Consistent with her commitment to engaged scholarship, she regularly delivers the Sid Lapidus Lectures in public high schools in New York and Newark and teaches in correctional facilities.
Slavery's Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans during the Age of Revolutions (Cambridge, 2016)
"A Fragile Empire? Early American Expansion from Below," Reviews in American History 44, no. 3 (September 2016): 411-17.
Co-author, “Prisons and Teaching, From Margins to Center,” Progressive Planning no. 205 (Fall 2015): 33-36.
“Visibility Versus Voice: Enslaved Women in U.S. History and Memory,” Reviews in American History 41, no. 2 (June 2013): 238-245.
“‘Laissez les bons temps rouler!’ and Other Concealments: Households, Taverns, and Irregular Intimacies in Antebellum New Orleans.” In Interconnections: Gender and Race in American History, edited by Alison M. Parker and Carol Faulkner, 19-50. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2012.