Kate Johnston works on the history of the body in the Atlantic world. She has research and teaching interests in race and environmental history; slavery, resistance, and abolition; African-American and Afro-Caribbean history; Native American history; and the Atlantic world, broadly conceived. Her work has appeared in Atlantic Studies, and she recently completed an entry on medicine for Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History. She is currently working on an essay for a collection on Atlantic environmental history, and another for an edited collection on race and the environment in the U.S. Her manuscript examines the construction of race in British Atlantic plantation societies during the eighteenth century. It demonstrates the ways in which planters and slaveholders manipulated conceptions of health to develop concepts of biological race.