Walter Johnson

Winthrop Professor of History & Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Walter Johnson is the Winthrop Professor of History, Professor of African and African American Studies, and Director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. He teaches and researches on the topics of law, slavery, capitalism, and political economy. His recent publications include “What do we mean when we say, ‘Structural Racism’? A walk down west Florissant Avenue, Ferguson, Missouri,” (Kalfou, 2016) and River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (Harvard University Press, 2013). Johnson previously served as Chair of the Project on Justice, Welfare, and Economics at Harvard and Director of the American Studies program at New York University, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He holds a BA in History from Amherst College, a Postgraduate Diploma in History from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in American History from Princeton University.