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Jennifer Johnson

Assistant Professor


Division of Humanities and the Arts




NAC 5/138

p: 212-650-7451


  • Profile

    Professor Johnson specializes in modern African history, particularly the Maghribi countries. 

    Her research and teaching interests focus on nationalism, decolonization, and international organizations. She is working on completion of her first book manuscript, The Battle for Algeria: Sovereignty, Health Care, and Humanitarianism, which reexamines one of the most violent liberation struggles and shows how Algerian nationalist leaders used post World War II neutral and universal discourses about health and humanitarianism to claim sovereignty of the country.

    Professor Johnson has received several fellowships including an Andrew W. Mellon fellowship in Humanistic Studies and awards from the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, and the National History Center. Before joining the History Department at City College, she taught African History at Lehman College.

  • Education

    B.A., Brown University

    M.A., PhD, Princeton University

  • Courses Taught

    Modern Africa

    Revolution and Violence in Algeria

    Humanitarianism and Conflict in Africa

    Medicine, Health, and Healing in Africa

    Precolonial Africa

  • Research Interests

    Decolonization, Humanitarianism and Human Rights, Public Health, International Organizations

  • Publications

    The Battle for Algeria: Sovereignty, Health Care, and Humanitarianism (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming, Fall 2015)

    "Humanize the Conflict: Algerian health care organizations and propaganda campaigns, 1954-1962,” (November 2012), International Journal of Middle East Studies. Link

    Book Review: Ali Boumendjel: Une affaire française, une histoire algérienne, by Malika Rahal, H-France Review H-France Review Vol. 11 (September 2010), No. 204. Link

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