Jessica Ann Levy is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University, where she is completing a dissertation on the transnational rise of black empowerment, including private and government initiatives promoting black entrepreneurship, job training and other kinds of black commercial activity in the United States and Africa during the late twentieth century. Jessica’s work has received support from a number of institutions, including the Business History Conference, the Hagley Library, and the German Historical Institute, where she was a Doctoral Fellow in International Business History in 2015. In 2014-2015, Jessica was a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Urban History and in Black Perspectives, the official blog of the African American Intellectual History Society. Jessica received her M.A. from the University of Chicago (2011) and her B.A. from Emory University (2008).
From Black Power to Black Empowerment: American Business and the Return of Racial Uplift in the United States and Africa, 1964-1994