Prof. Jess A. Krug

Jessica A. Krug

Assistant Professor of History
Phillips Hall 305
Address: 801 22nd St. NW
Phone: 202-994-1373
[email protected]

Jessica A. Krug is a historian of politics, ideas, and cultural practices in Africa and the African Diaspora, with a particular interest in West Central Africa and maroon societies in the early modern period and Black transnational cultural studies. Her forthcoming book, Fugitive Modernities: Politics and Identity Outside the State in Kisama, Angola, and the Americas, c. 1594-Present, interrogates the political practices and discourses through which those who fled from slavery and the violence of the slave trade in Angola forged coherent political communities outside of, and in opposition to, state politics. She then follows these practices, discourses, and ideologies across the Atlantic, investigating their use in seventeenth-century maroon (fugitive) communities in Brazil and Colombia. This book ends with a consideration of the relationship between resistance, non-state politics, and colonial and post-colonial politics.

Her next book, Fathers of No Nation, explores the relationship between seminal fugitive/resistance leaders and the gendered politics of authority and state in São Tomé, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica from the sixteenth century through the present.

Prof. Krug has also written on hip hop, politics, and gender in both Angola and New York City, as well as the transnational ritual idioms of politics in Jamaican Maroon societies in the eighteenth century.  She is deeply interested in intellectual histories of those who never wrote documents and the use of embodied knowledge for both research and teaching. 


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012


"Social Dismemberment, Social (Re)membering: Obeah Idioms, Kromanti Identities, and the Trans-Atlantic Politics of Memory, c. 1675-Present.” Slavery and Abolition 35, no. 4 (February 2014): 537-558.

“Amadou Diallo, Reggae Music Knows Your Name’: Popular Music, Historical Memory, and Black Identity in New York City in the Wake of Amadou Diallo’s Murder.” In Remembering Africa and Its Diasporas: Memory, Public History and Representations of the Past, ed. Audra Diptee and David Trotman. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2012.

“The Strange Life of Lusotropicalism in Luanda: On Race, Class, Nationality, Gender, and Sexuality in the Black Atlantic.” In Black Subjects in Africa and Its Diasporas: Race and Gender in Research and Writing, ed. Benjamin Talton and Quincy Mills. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011.

Classes Taught

Hist 3501: Topics in African History
Hist 3510: African History to 1880
Hist 3520: Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World
African History to 1800

African History Since 1800

World History Since 1500

Caribbean on the Move: The Politics of Immigration and Popular Dance in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas

Africa and the African Diaspora: (Trans)Nationalisms and the Politics of Modernity