Rashauna Johnson

Academic Appointments

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; paperback 2018), was awarded the 2016 Williams Prize for the best book in Louisiana history and the 2018 H. L. Mitchell Award by the Southern Historical Association for the best book on the southern working class. Slavery's Metropolis was also named a finalist for the 2016 Berkshire Conference of Women's Historians Book Prize, honorable mention for the Urban History Association's Kenneth Jackson Award, and a finalist for the 2017 Frederick Douglass Book Prize.

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She is currently at work on her second book project, a history of slavery and emancipation in rural Louisiana. 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 penal facilities.


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205 Carson Hall
HB 6107
African and African American Studies
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ph.D. New York University
B.A., summa cum laude, Howard University

Selected Publications

Slavery's Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans during the Age of Revolutions (Cambridge, 2016)

"From Saint-Domingue to Dumaine Street: One Family's Journeys from the Haitian Revolution to the Great Migration," Journal of African American History 102, no. 4 (Fall 2017): 427-43.

"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.