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Jonathan Square

Part-time Faculty
jsquare@fas.harvard.edu

B.A. History & Comparative Literature, Cornell University, 2005
M.A. Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin, 2008
Ph.D. History, New York University, 2016

Jonathan Michael Square specializes in Afro-Diasporic fashion and art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His current book project, The Fabric of Our Lies: How Slavery Built the Global Fashion Industry, explores self-fashioning among enslaved peoples as a profoundly political act and one of the most radical forms of self-affirmation in a slave society. Square has also published in a number of academic journals, including Radical History Review, Fashion Studies Journal, Vestoj, as well as in the popular press for Refinery29, Fashionista, Hyperallergic, and in exhibition catalogs, including Willi Smith: Street Couture, Garmenting. He was also the curator of the exhibitions Slavery in the Hands of Harvard and Freedom from Truth: Self-Portraits of Nell Painter at Harvard University.

Teaching and Research Interests

Slavery and antislavery in the Americas; race and ethnicity; black fashion and art history; material and visual culture

Jonathan Square