Jane’a Johnson earned a PhD in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University, an MA in Cinema and Media Studies from University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in Philosophy from Spelman College. She focuses on visual culture and violence, with special attention given to the way race is produced through archival and museum practices. Her dissertation, Lynching and the Archive: A History, studies lynching images alongside their patterns of circulation as well as the way that they have been presented in museum exhibitions, cataloged in archives, commemorated in memorials and framed for scholarly study. Her current exhibition and manuscript project examines how contemporary Black photographers in the African Diaspora have responded to the depiction of Black subjects in Dutch Golden Age painting.
A native of Sacramento, CA, Johnson has held fellowships and grants from the Society of American Archivists/American Research Libraries, the Auschwitz Jewish Center, Freedom Summer Collegiate and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) at Brown University. She has also worked as a cultural practitioner at Brown University’s John Hay Library, Providence Athenaeum Library, the Crocker Art Museum, the California State Library and Sacramento Public Library.
Academic areas of interest
Race and gender; photography; archives and material culture; history and memory; museums, memorials and monuments; digital culture; digital humanities; visual culture; documentary; colonialism; nationhood; globalization