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Amber Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Institute for Healing Justice and Equity - Co-Founder
Pronouns: they/them/their


Courses Taught

Intercultural Communication; Human Communication & Culture; Intergroup Dialogue; First Year Dialogue; Stereotyping & Bias in the Mass Media; Global Media; Photojournalism

Education

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2006

M.A., Saint Louis University, 2002

Research Interests

  • Humanizing Equity
  • Social justice and arts activism
  • Identity negotiation
  • Mediated sexualities
  • Popular culture
  • Autoethnography
  • Rhetorical ethnography
  • Intercultural communication

Publications and Media Placements

Johnson, A. (forthcoming). Exploring the Dark Matter(s) of Wakanda: A Case for Radical Queer Inclusion beyond Capitalism. Journal of Future Studies, Special Issue, When is Wakanda? LeMaster, B., & Johnson, A. (forthcoming). An Ode to Incoherent Canons. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research.

Johnson, A. (forthcoming). Radical Imagination via Play: The Future of Critical Cultural Studies Research. Journal of Applied Communication Research.

Johnson, A.  (2019). Quare/kuaer/queer/(e)ntersectionality: An invitational rhetoric of possibility. Cross Currents. https://doi.org/10.1111/cros.12338.  

Johnson, A. (2019). Practicing Radical Forgiveness in the Political now: A Justice Fleet Exhibit Fostering Healing through Art, Dialogue and Play. Journal of Art for Life 10, (Special Issue: Social Justice).  

Johnson, A. & Lewis, M. M. (2018). Transcending the acronym, traversing gender: A Conversation in the margins of the margins. Women & Language 41(1), p. 128-145.  

Johnson, A. (2018). Gender on the box: Self-reflexivity as a starting point. Communication Teacher, DOI: 10.1080/17404622.2018.1467565  

Johnson, A.  (2018). Straight outta erasure: Black girl magic claps back to the hyperinvisibility of Black women in Straight Outta Compton. National Political Science Review.   Alexander, B., Huffman, T., & Johnson, A. (2017). Breath, breathe, breathing: Communication in/as acts of social justice (a metaphorical performative assemblage). Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies. doi.org/10.1177/1532708617727755  

Johnson, A. (2017). Pulse: From Death to Resurrection and back Again. Qualitative Inquiry 23(7), p. 515-518.

Johnson, A. (2017). From Academe, to the Theatre, to the Streets: My Autocritography of Canonical Exception and Aesthetic Cleansing in the wake of Ferguson. Qualitative Inquiry, first published online January 9th, 2017, 1-13. 


Honors and Awards

  • Carolyn Ellis and Art Bochner, Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Narrative Research Award, 2018.
    Awarded for Johnson, A. From the Academy, to the Theatre, to the Streets: My Autocritography of Canonical Exception and Aesthetic Cleansing in the wake of Ferguson. Qualitative Inquiry, 2017.
  • Nick Trujillo & Bud Goodall “It’s a Way of Life” Award for narrative research, 2018.
    Awarded for Johnson, A. From the Academy, to the Theatre, to the Streets: My Autocritography of Canonical Exception and Aesthetic Cleansing in the wake of Ferguson. Qualitative Inquiry, 2017.
  • Outstanding Article, African American Communication & Culture Division, National Communication Association, 2018.
    Awarded for Johnson, A. From the Academy, to the Theatre, to the Streets: My Autocritography of Canonical Exception and Aesthetic Cleansing in the wake of Ferguson. Qualitative Inquiry, 2017.
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Commitment to Social Justice, National Communication Association, 2018.
  • Scholar/Activist Award, Critical Cultural Studies Division, National Communication Association, 2018.
  • Top Paper Panel, African American Communication & Culture Division, National Communication Association, 2018. 
    Awarded for Johnson, A Straight outta erasure: Black girl magic claps back to the hyperinvisibility of Black women in Straight Outta Compton.
  • Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies, National Communication Association, 2016
  • Top Paper Award, Ethnography Division, National Communication Association, 2016
  • Faculty Excellence Award for Diversity and Social Justice, Student Government Association, Saint Louis University, 2016.
  • Article of the Year, Ethnography Division, National Communication Association, 2015
  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, National Communication Association, 2014
  • Outstanding Book Chapter, African American Communication & Culture Division, National Communication Association, 2014

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • National Communication Association
  • Western States Communication Association
  • Alpha Delta Sigma National Honorary Society
  • The Collegium for African American Research
  • Organization for the Study of Language and Gender
  • American Studies Association

Community Work and Service

  • Founder and Creator of The Justice Fleet (www.thejusticefleet.com)
  • Founding Member of The Social Justice Communication Collaborative, Saint Louis University, 2015-present
  • Chair of the African American Communication & Culture Division, The National Communication Association
  • Committee Member of the Core Curriculum Working Group, College of Arts & Sciences, Saint Louis University, 2016-2017



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