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Jajuan Johnson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Lemon Project, William & Mary 

Jajuan Johnson earned a Ph.D. in Heritage Studies from Arkansas State University. He also holds a master’s in religion from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His dissertation, “They Didn’t Burn Down Our Spirit: Heritage Terrorism and the Resurgence of Black Church Burnings in the Age of Obama,” investigates recent Black church arson cases. He explores the impact of burnings on the tangible and intangible heritage of communities. His current research focuses on the terrorization of Black cultural spaces since the 1960s civil rights movement. 

Jajuan started his career in pubic history as an AmeriCorps volunteer at the Delta Studies Center at Arkansas State University. He traveled the Lower Mississippi Delta region conducting interviews on labor, race, and politics. While serving as the Director of Research and Public Programming at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, an African American history museum in Little Rock, Arkansas, he developed educational programs focused on preserving local history. During his tenure with the Central Arkansas Library System, he worked as the oral history coordinator in the library’s genealogy research center. He worked with several historic African American neighborhoods to document the stories about their community. Jajuan is also published in the Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies and has contributed to numerous film documentaries as a humanities scholar. 

He is a member of the Oral History Association, American Anthropological Association, the Association of Critical Heritage Studies and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting African American historical sites and is a dedicated yogi.