University of Wisconsin–Madison

Doria Johnson

Doria Johnson


I am a United States modern historian whose work centers on the early 20th century Great Migration, racialized violence, and cultural production of Black women–especially those who migrated to domestic service suburbs. Using a visual culture, critical race and Black feminist/womanist framing, I seek pedestrian travel through systems of domination for the purpose of mapping and documenting systems of survival, cultural intelligence, and formal/informal economies. I hope to help create new spaces in Black women’s scholarship, which is decentralized from previous binding, inaccurate and restrictive categorizations.


  • U.S. History

MA Title

  • “Shh—Big Momma and Dem’ Left Last Night: Shifting Violent Memories and the African American Chain Migration, Abbeville, South Carolina to Evanston , Illinois, 1910-1940”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “I Am Not What You Think I Am: African American Women and Domestic Service Suburbs: Evanston, Illinois, 1910-1945”