Michael Johnson studied U.S. History at the University of Notre Dame, where he wrote an honors thesis exploring Irish-American nationalism and dual loyalty after the American Civil War through the Fenian Brotherhood, an Irish nationalist organization who sought to fight for Ireland’s independence. While in the Master’s Program at Villanova University he did extensive research on the free African American community in Civil War era Philadelphia, culminating in a digital exhibit on the Institute for Colored Youth, an elite school for African American children funded by the city’s Quaker community.
Michael is currently exploring the interactions of Irish and African American communities in Civil War era Philadelphia and Baltimore. His research interests include Nineteenth Century United States and American Civil War Era history, Race, Ethnicity, and Identity, and Digital Applications to History.
M.A., Villanova University, 2015
B.A., University of Notre Dame, 2012