Jessica Krug Biography – Jessica Krug Wiki
Jessica Krug is an associate professor at George Washington University. She is a historian of politics, ideas, and cultural practices in Africa and the African Diaspora, with a particular interest in West Central Africa and maroon societies in the early modern period and Black transnational cultural studies.
Her book, Fugitive Modernities: Politics and Identity Outside the State in Kisama, Angola, and the Americas, c. 1594-Present, interrogates the political practices and discourses through which those who fled from slavery and the violence of the slave trade in Angola forged coherent political communities outside of, and in opposition to, state politics. She then follows these practices, discourses, and ideologies across the Atlantic, investigating their use in seventeenth-century maroon (fugitive) communities in Brazil and Colombia. This book ends with a consideration of the relationship between resistance, non-state politics, and colonial and post-colonial politics.
Her next book, Fathers of No Nation, explores the relationship between seminal fugitive/resistance leaders and the gendered politics of authority and state in São Tomé, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica from the sixteenth century through the present.
Jessica A. Krug has also written on hip hop, politics, and gender in both Angola and New York City, as well as the transnational ritual idioms of politics in Jamaican Maroon societies in the eighteenth century.
Jessica Krug Medium
In a Medium post titled “The Truth, and the Anti-Black Violence of My Lies,” Jessica A. Krug admitted to pretending to be a Black woman throughout her career.
She confessed in the post on Medium: “To an escalating degree over my adult life, I have eschewed my lived experience as a white Jewish child in suburban Kansas City under various assumed identities within a Blackness that I had no right to claim: first North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness. I have not only claimed these identities as my own when I had absolutely no right to do so — when doing so is the very epitome of violence, of thievery and appropriation, of the myriad ways in which non-Black people continue to use and abuse Black identities and cultures — but I have formed intimate relationships with loving, compassionate people who have trusted and cared for me when I have deserved neither trust nor caring. People have fought together with me and have fought for me, and my continued appropriation of a Black Caribbean identity is not only, in the starkest terms, wrong — unethical, immoral, anti-Black, colonial — but it means that every step I’ve taken has gaslighted those whom I love.”
Krug said she has been “battling some unaddressed mental health demons for my entire life, as both an adult and child.” She said her Mental health issues “likely explain why I assumed a false identity initially, as a youth, and why I continued and developed it for so long.” She added, “but mental health issues can never, will never, neither explain nor justify, neither condone nor excuse.”