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.
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.