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Jessica Millward

Associate Professor of History, University of California, Irvine

Jessica Millward is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Core Faculty member of African American Studies at UC Irvine. An expert on issues related to slavery, gender and early US History, Dr. Millward's first book, Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black women in Maryland was published as part of the Race in the Atlantic World series, Athens: University of Georgia Press (2015). An award winning scholar, she has published in the Journal of African American History, the Journal of Women’s History, Frontiers, Souls and the Women’s History Review as well as Op-eds in Chronicle of Higher Education, The and The Millward is currently working on a book length project that discusses African American women's experiences with sexual assault and intimate partner violence in the late19th century.

Millward is also a media savvy historian who specializes in bringing a historical perspective to modern times. Along with Kacey Calahane and Max Speare, Millward is a co- founder of the podcast, “Historians on Housewives.” This podcast examines the long running Bravo franchise through the lens of historical scholarship. With Tiffany Willoughby Herard and Johnanna Ferdandez, Millward curates, “Activist Studio West: A Digital Repository for Movement Material.”

Millward writes commentary on topics related to slavery, African American women and US History.


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    Associate Professor of History, University of California, Irvine