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Amber Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Courses Taught

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


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2006

M.A., Saint Louis University, 2002

Research Interests

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

Publications and Media Placements

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.

Johnson, A. (2015). The Face of Civility: Engaging Critical Pedagogy through Hypermodality. Qualitative Inquiry. DOI: 1077800415605062

Johnson, A. (2015). “The Most Dangerous Place for an African American is in the Womb.”: Reproductive Justice and Mediated Anti-Abortion Rhetoric. Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, 5 (3/4), 145-159.

Johnson, A. (2015).  Digital media, sex, and performance: An introduction. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 11(1).

Johnson, A., & Boylorn, R. (2015). Digital Media and the Politics of Intersectional Queer Hyper/In/Visibility in Between Women. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 11(1).

Cooke-Jackson, A., Orbe, M., Johnson, A., Kauffman, L.(2015). Abstinence memorable message narratives: A new exploratory research study into young adult sexual narratives. Health Communication, 10.1080/10410236.2014.924045.

Honors and Awards

  • 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 (
  • 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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