Professor and Director of Women's and Gender Studies
Member, Doctoral Faculty, Honors Faculty
Ph.D. (1997), Emory University; MA (1986), Concordia University; MA (1982), Dalhousie
University; BA (1979), University of Sierra Leone; First Year at MTSU: 1998
Office: JUB 308; Phone/Voice Mail: 898-2705
Dr. Johnson teaches courses in postcolonial literature and critical theory, contemporary
British literature, the African diaspora, contemporary diasporas in the US , and women's
literature (particularly Black women's writings) among others. She has published and/or
presented scholarly papers in these areas. She is former chair of the MTSU President's Commission on the Status of Women and
is currently Director of Women's and Gender Studies.
Recent scholarly presentations
- "Gender and Nation in Literary Narratives of Migration" 6 th Annual Multi-Ethnic Studies:
Europe and the Americas (MESEA) Conference. The Netherlands , June 2008.
- "Postcolonial Diasporas & the Teaching of US Multi-Ethnic Literature," 16 th Annual
British Commonwealth and Conference, Savannah , GA , February 2007.
- "Bearing Witness, Writing the Self into Postcolonial Histories," MESEA (Multi-Ethnic
Studies: Europe and the Americas ) Pamplona , Spain , May 2006.
- "The Illusion of Diasporic Elusion: Escape, Recovery and Diasporic Space," 15 th Annual
British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savannah , GA , February
- "A New Belonging? Narratives of Sierra Leone Diaspora in America ," Collegium for
African American Research (CAAR), Tours , France , April 2005.
- "Memory and Healing in Edwidge Danticat's The Dew Breaker, " Conference on Caribbean Literature and Culture, Lugano , Switzerland , April 2005.
- "The Foreign as Home: Migration and Memory in New Black Diasporic Literature," 14
th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savannah , GA