Jovonna Jones is a doctoral student in African & African American Studies with a primary field in the History of Art & Architecture, and a secondary field in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her research interests include black cultural history & theory, African American & African Diaspora art history, political aesthetics, and the history of photography. Her current work explores social photography and the racialization of place in the 20th century, with an emphasis on visual culture related to housing inequality and the politics of home for Black Americans.
Jovonna received her B.A. with highest honors from Emory University. She has held graduate fellowships at the Morgan Library & Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art, working at the intersections of community archives, public pedagogy, and art institutions. Committed to scholarly community across institutions and generations, Jovonna serves as a Mellon Mays mentor and co-coordinates the Leadership Alliance undergraduate research program at Harvard.