Julia Wallace Bernier is an Assistant Professor of History at Washington and Jefferson College. She received a PhD in African American Studies from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017. Her work focuses on the lives of enslaved people, slavery, and abolition in the nineteenth century United States. Before her current position, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for the Study of Slavery at Georgetown University and is also interested in studying and addressing slavery’s afterlife on university campuses and beyond. She is currently working on her first book, Freedom’s Currency, which is a history of self-purchase in the United States and will be published by Yale University Press. Follow her on Twitter @jwbernier.