I am a PhD Candidate in History at Harvard, studying the intertwined history of crime, emancipation and the law in the Atlantic World. My research examines the role of criminal law and law enforcement in the construction of post-emancipation society in the United States and Jamaica. 

I received my JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2019 and received both my BA and MA from McGill University. My Master’s essay focused on criminalization and injustice in post-emancipation Jamaica. I have received a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Bourses de doctorat en recherche from the Fonds de recherche du Québec.

I grew up in White Plains, New York and attended White Plains High School, where a brilliant and unionized Social Studies department encouraged my activism and stoked my interest in history.

I can be reached by email at jonathonbooth@g.harvard.edu or on Twitter @jonathon_booth.