Dr. Jajuan Johnson, a scholar of Africana Studies, is the Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow with the Lemon Project at William & Mary. He earned a Ph.D. in Heritage Studies from Arkansas State University.
As a researcher with William & Mary's Lemon Project, Dr. Johnson studies the university's ties to slavery and its afterlives. Using the genealogical research method, oral history, and archival analysis, he works collaboratively with descendant communities to make ancestral connections to persons enslaved by the university or its associates, such as faculty and Board of Visitors members. He also teaches courses on research methodologies in the Africana Studies discipline.
Dr. Johnson's career in public history spans over a decade. He's served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in the Lower Mississippi Delta region chronicling the area's social history and was the lead oral historian for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. He served as the director of research and interpretation at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center: A Museum of African American History in Little Rock, Arkansas, and more recently, as the assistant director of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College.
Dr. Johnson is published in Ethnohistory, the Southern Cultures, and the Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies. He is a member of the Oral History Association, Association for the Study of African American Life, History, and Culture, and the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.