Email
jessame@wpi.edu
Office
SL 333
Education
Ph.D. History University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. Afro-American Studies University of Wisconsin-Madison

I am a scholar of the black experience in the Americas, with specialization in the movement of people and ideas, cultural productions, gendered experiences, and oral history. I use an interdisciplinary methodology grounded in historical analysis, my research examines how the racialization of people of African descent operates transnationally and asks how these people, regardless of national histories, have rallied against racial marginalization on a global scale.

I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in African Diaspora History, Caribbean History, and Visual Culture. I completed my M.A. in Afro American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well.

My current book project studies the large-scale migration of middle-class Haitian exiles to North America and African during the dictatorships of Fran├žois and Jean-Claude Duvalier.

My teaching mirrors my research interests. I teach classes on the Caribbean, African American history and culture, and global black activism.

When I am not teaching or doing research, I enjoy doing arts and crafts, going the theater, reading novels, listening (and dancing) to music, losing myself at the MFA, and exploring New England (and the world!).