Ronald Angelo Johnson

Ronald Angelo Johnson
Ralph and Bessie Mae Lynn Chair of History
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Office Hours

Tuesdays, 2:00-5:00 p.m. to meet in person – no appointment necessary.

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Early U.S./African American history, especially diplomacy and religion

  • Purdue University, Ph.D., 2010
  • Boston University School of Theology, M.Div., 2006
  • Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), M.A., 1999
  • Texas State University, B.A., 1997
Academic/Research Interests

My research embraces a transnational approach to African American history in the early United States, with specializations in diplomacy, race, and religion.

I am currently writing a book on racialized U.S. diplomacy with Haiti from the American Revolution through Reconstruction. The study also examines the impact of Haitian immigration on early U.S. religion and culture. I have published articles, essays, and reviews in Early American Studies, Diplomatic History, the Journal of African American History, the Journal of Caribbean History, Baptist History & Heritage, and the American Historical Review.



  • Diplomacy in Black and White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance (UGA Press, 2014)
  • In Search of Liberty: African American Internationalism During the Nineteenth Century, edited with Ousmane Power-Greene (UGA Press), forthcoming.


  • “Natural Rights: Haitian-American Diplomacy in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions,” in A Companion to U.S. Foreign Policy, Colonial Era to the Present, ed. Christopher Dietrich (Wiley-Blackwell, 2020), I, 93-112.
  • “Enslaved by History: Slavery’s Enduring Influence on the Memory of Pierre Toussaint,” in Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World, ed. Lawrence Aje and Nicolas Gachon (Routledge, 2019), 170-187.
  • “‘A Very Curious Game’: The Racialized Public Diplomacy of Toussaint Louverture in the United States,” Journal of Caribbean History 53, no. 1. (2019): 82-116.
  • “Haiti's Connection to Early America: Beyond the Revolution,” History Compass 16, no. 3 (2018), DOI 10.1111/hic3.12442.
  • “A Revolutionary Dinner: U.S. Diplomacy toward Saint-Domingue, 1798-1801,” Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 9 (2011): 114-141.
  • “The Peculiar Ventures of Particular Baptist Pastor William Kiffin and King Charles II of England,” Baptist History & Heritage 44 (2009): 60-71.
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