Emilie Johnson is an associate curator at Monticello. Her scholarship focuses on late-18th and early-19th century American cultural landscapes, architecture, and material culture, with particular interest in the lived experiences of women and enslaved people in plantation contexts.
She holds an M.A. in Art History from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and a Ph.D in Art and Architectural History from the University of Virginia.
Emilie has taken leading roles in developing recent exhibitions in Monticello’s wings and along Mulberry Row, including the space inhabited by Sally Hemings and her children. She has recently transformed the Paradox of Liberty: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello exhibition into a digital platform that centers the stories of Monticello’s enslaved community through extensive new interviews with descendants, educators, and historians.