Jovonna Jones is a PhD candidate in African & African American Studies at Harvard University, with a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her research interests include social and cultural history, African American art and cultural production, visual studies, ethics and aesthetics, and feminist theory and criticism. Jovonna’s dissertation traces the historical and imagined presence of black women within American urban housing discourses of the mid-20th century, from federal policy to visual culture. She has served as a teaching fellow for courses on African American history, black radical movement, and race, gender, and performance. Jovonna is an incoming graduate fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, where she will be working on her dissertation for the 2020-2021 year.
In addition to research and teaching, Jovonna works at the intersection of archives, public pedagogy, and art institutions. She has held graduate internships and fellowships at The Morgan Library and Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Harvard Art Museums. From 2019-2020, she facilitated The Black Studies Reading Room: monthly public study sessions on Black art, literature, and thought, held at Tufts University Art Galleries and Trident Booksellers & Café in Boston, MA.
Jovonna holds a B.A. in African American Studies from Emory University, where she was Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.