J'Nese Williams is a Ph.D. candidate in modern British history, with additional research interests in the history of science, science and empire, and colonial botany. Her dissertation uses the local initiatives of British colonial botanic gardens in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as a window into colonial administration, the production and professionalization of science, and local responses to government intervention. J'Nese presented a portion of this work at the 2014 Northeast Conference on British Studies annual meeting and won the David Underdown Prize for best graduate student paper.
J'Nese was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the New York Botanical Garden's Humanities Institute for the 2017 to 2018 term. In the summer of 2018, she will be a residential fellow at the Linda Hall Library.
J'Nese's dissertation is supervised by James Epstein.