Keynote Speakers

Dr. Marla Jaskch (Spring 2017)
Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Coordinator of Competitive Post-Graduate Fellowships, The College of New Jersey

Dr. Marla Jaksch is an Associate Professor in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, with affiliate appointments in the African American Studies Department and the International Studies Program’s Africa concentration at The College of New Jersey. Her research interests include neocolonialism, development, and digital cultures; science and technology studies in sub-Saharan Africa; and transnational feminisms, expressive and material culture, and digital media.

Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson (Spring 2017)
Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Johnson holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A. in African & African American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis where she was also a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Her research interests include women, gender, and sexuality in the African diaspora; histories of slavery and the slave trade; and digital history and new media and has appeared in Slavery & Abolition and Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism. As a digital humanist, Johnson is interested in ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent.

Dr. Judith I. Madera (Summer 2016)
Associate Professor of English, McCulloch Family Faculty Fellow,
Faculty Affiliate in Environmental Studies, Wake Forest University

Judith Madera is McCulloch Family associate professor in African American Literature and Environmental Studies at Wake Forest University. She is the author of Black Atlas: Geography and Flow in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature (Duke UP, 2015). Her work has appeared in The Radical History Review; Discourse; Nineteenth Century Prose; ELN; and the Journal of American History. Her forthcoming work on Arthur Schomburg’s Caribbean archives will appear in Joycelyn Moody’s Cambridge University Press series:African American Literature in Transition. She is currently at work on a new book about the intersection of race and political geography in the United States.

Dr. Marisa Parham (Spring 2017)
Professor of English; Director of the Five College Digital Humanities Project, Amherst College

Marisa Parham is Professor of English at Amherst College, and also directs the Five College Digital Humanities Initiative, which is a Mellon-funded grant initiative serving Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Its purpose is to help artists and scholars to integrate technology into humanities scholarship and creative work, and also to bring those disciplines to learn from and critique technological innovation.