Public Engagement and Digital Humanities

Trained in both traditional and digital methodologies, I engage in scholarly and public debates on the relationship between capitalism, race, and American politics through a variety of medium, including public speaking, blog posts, and podcasts.

Invited Talks:

“Governing the ‘Black Power’ City: Leon H. Sullivan, Opportunities Industrialization Centers     Inc., and the Rise of Black Empowerment,” The Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture, Boston, MA, October 30, 2018.

“Black Power, Inc.: Global American Business and the Post-Apartheid City,” Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta, GA, June 28, 2018.

“Black Power, Inc.: Global American Business and the Post-Apartheid City,” Walter P. Reuther Library Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Detroit, MI, June 6, 2018.

“Black Empowerment, Global American Business, and the Post-Jim Crow/Apartheid City,” Hagley Research Seminar, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE, April 26,          2018.

“Using Black Studies to Talk Business: Writing the History of Racial Capitalism,” The Johns Hopkins University Center for Africana Studies Rap Sessions in Africana Studies,   Baltimore, MD, November 2, 2017.

“Incorporating Struggle from MLK to Trump,” Miriam DeCosta-Willis Lecture, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, February 7, 2017.

“Incorporating Struggle: The Sullivan Principles, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Black Empowerment during Anti-Apartheid,” The German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C., December 2, 2015.

“The Sullivan Principles and Business’ Response to the Anti-Apartheid Challenge,” Centre for African Studies Seminar, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa,    November 4, 2014.

Blog Posts

“On the Limits of Boycotts as a Political Tool,” Black Perspectives, March 14, 2018,

“A Troubled Past: The United States and Africa since World War II,” Black Perspectives, February 16, 2018,

“Good corporate citizenship won’t end racism: The NFL must do more,” The Washington Post, Made by History, October 8, 2017.

“Donald Trump’s Old Deal for Black America,” Black Perspectives, January 29, 2017,

“Corporate America Alone Cannot Save Us from Trump,” Public Seminar, August 18, 2017,


Jessica Levy on “Black Power, Inc.: Global American Business and the Post-Apartheid, City,” Tales from the Archives, Walter P. Reuther Library, aired July 11, 2018,

Lessons from the Early Beginnings of Black Empowerment, Stories from the Stacks, Hagley Museum and Library,

Digital and Public History Projects

Research Assistant for Dr. Ronald Walters, Baltimore, Maryland, Spring 2014

  • Created visual representations of major political and social events using Tiki-Toki timeline platform

Project Director/Researcher, The HistoryMakers African American Video Oral History Collection, Chicago, Illinois, 2011-2012

  • Conducted research and prepared interview questions; developed public programming and educational materials using The HistoryMakers’ digital archive; managed two federally-funded grants, including an NEH Summer Institute on African American History and Increasing African American Diversity in Archives Fellowship.


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