Dr. Newtona Tina Johnson

Professor | Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Dr. Newtona Tina Johnson
615-898-2329
Room 111, Cope Administration Building (CAB)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Emory University (1997)
  • M.A., Concordia University (1986)
  • M.A., Dalhousie University (1982)
  • B.A., University of Sierra Leone (1979)

Biography

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./p>

Publications

  • Johnson, Newtona (Tina). "Home Matters: Imagining the Homeland in the Narratives of Sierra Leone Diaspora in the US ." A Critical Introduction to Sierra Leone Literature . Ed. Eustace Palmer, Trenton, NJ : Africa World Press, 2008.
  • ___."Staking Claims: Theorizing Female Agency and Empowerment through Black Women's Literary Writings." Research in African Literatures 39.2 (Spring 2008): 117-124.
  • ___." Fourah Bay College,"&nbs...
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  • Johnson, Newtona (Tina). "Home Matters: Imagining the Homeland in the Narratives of Sierra Leone Diaspora in the US ." A Critical Introduction to Sierra Leone Literature . Ed. Eustace Palmer, Trenton, NJ : Africa World Press, 2008.
  • ___."Staking Claims: Theorizing Female Agency and Empowerment through Black Women's Literary Writings." Research in African Literatures 39.2 (Spring 2008): 117-124.
  • ___." Fourah Bay College," The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora . Ed. Carole Boyce Davies, ABC-CLIO Incorporated. Forthcoming, 2008.
  • ___."Challenging Internal Colonialism: Edwidge Danticat's Feminist Emancipatory Enterprise." Obsidian III: Literature of the African Diaspora 6.2/7.1 (June 2006): 147-166.
  • ___. "Gender and Diasporic Connections in Marlene Nourbese Philip's Harriet's Daughter." MaComere: The Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars 3 (2000): 84-93.
  • ___. "Creolization and Cultural Identity: Insight from the Literary Productions of White Caribbean Female Writers." The CEA Critic 58. 3 (1996): 31-40.

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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.
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  • "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 2006.
  • "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 February 2005

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Research/Scholarly Activity

(Most recent activities)

  • Book-length manuscript-in-progress (Dis)Placement and Belonging: Contemporary Black Diasporic Existence in the West 
  • Peer-reviewed Scholarly Presentations: “This is Home? Cultivating Underrepresented Minority Faculty’s Sense of Belonging at Institutions of Higher Education” Sixteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, & Nations, University of Granada, Granada, Spain...
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(Most recent activities)

  • Book-length manuscript-in-progress (Dis)Placement and Belonging: Contemporary Black Diasporic Existence in the West 
  • Peer-reviewed Scholarly Presentations: “This is Home? Cultivating Underrepresented Minority Faculty’s Sense of Belonging at Institutions of Higher Education” Sixteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, & Nations, University of Granada, Granada, Spain, July 27-29, 2016. 
  • “Concept Remix: Faculty as Gateway to Student Success in Higher Education,” International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) 2016 Conference, Malta, March 6-10, 2016. (Essay being revised for publication)

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