Assistant Professor
History, Modern Europe, Public Health, Decolonization

Old Main 300, 651-696-6665

Jessica Pearson joined the Macalester faculty in 2016 and is an Assistant Professor of European History, with a focus on Europe in the world. A Minnesota native, Professor Pearson received her BA in History and French at Kalamazoo College and she received her PhD in History and French Studies from New York University in 2013.¬†She teaches courses on women and gender, race and immigration, empire and decolonization, public health, and contemporary Europe in global perspective. Professor Pearson’s research uses global public health as a lens to explore the intersection of internationalism and imperialism in Francophone Africa in the 1940s and 1950s. She has conducted archival research in Dakar, New York, Washington D.C., London, and in cities across France. Prior to joining the history department at Macalester, Professor Pearson was an Assistant Professor of European Studies at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, and from 2013-2014 she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Tulane University in New Orleans.