KAREN A. JOHNSON portrait
  • Associate Professor, Education, Culture & Society
  • Associate Professor of African American Studies, School for Cultural and Social Transformation
  • Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
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Publications

  • Karen A. Johnson & Abiole Farinde-Wu, Ayana Allen Handy, Chance W. Lewis (2017). The Antioppressionist Thoughts and Pedagogies of Anna Julia Cooper and Septima Poinsette Clark. Emerald Publishing Limited. Published, 07/01/2017.
  • John “Education as a Form of Freedom.” http://bknation.org/2015/03/education-as-a-form-of-freedom/ Posted March 16, 2015 by BKNation Kevin PowellJohnson, Karen A. (2015). “Education as a Form of Freedom.” http://bknation.org/2015/03/education-as-a-form-of-freedom/ Posted March 16, 2015 by Kevin Powell's BKNation Blog page. Published, 03/2015.
  • Johnson, Karen A. (October 2014). Invited book review of Margaret F. Brinig & Nicole Stelle Garnett’s Lost Classroom, Lost Schools’ Community: Catholic Importance in Urban America. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), for Teachers College Record www.tcrecord.org ID number:17703.. Published, 10/2014.
  • "Looking-like Trayvon: The Narratives We Tell about Race" in Venus E. Evans-Winters & Magaela C. Bethune (eds), (Re) Teaching Trayvon: Education for Racial Justice and Human Freedom. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, p. 25-42. Published, 09/2014.
  • "Django Unchained: An Analysis" in Claire Oberon Garcia, Vershawn Ashanti Young & Charise Pimentel (eds), From Uncle Tom's Cabin to the Help: Critical Perspectives on White-authored Narratives of Black Life." pp. 211-226. Published, 08/2014.
  • Johnson, Karen A. (Vol. 99, no. 3 Summer 2014). Invited book review of Beth E. Richie’s Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation. (NY: New York University Press, 2012) for Journal of African American History . Published, 07/2014.
  • African American Women Educators: A Critical Examination of their Pedagogies, Educational Ideas, and Activism from the Nineteenth to the Mid-twentieth Century. (Rowman & Littlefield). Published, 03/2014.
  • “Septima Poinsette Clark's Literacy Teaching Approaches for Linguistic Acquisition and Literacy Development for Gullah-speaking Children” in African American Women educators: A critical examination of their pedagogies educational ideas, and activism from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Rowman & Littlefield. Published, 03/2014.
  • Johnson, Karen A. (2014). “Betsey Stockton: Missionary and Educator.” www.politeonsociety.com/2014/01/29/betsey-stockton-missionary-and-educator/. Posted January 29, 2014 by Marc Polite BLOG PAGE. Published, 01/2014.
  • Johnson, Karen A. (2012). “Django Unchained: Historical Inaccuracies and Racial Tropes Abound.” www.politeonsociety.com/2012/12/29/django-unchained-historical-inaccuracies-and-racial-tropes-abound/. Posted December 29, 2012 by Marc Polite BLOG. Published, 12/2012.
  • Title: "The Myth and Rhetoric of the New Birth of Excellence and Opportunities for African American Students in New Orleans." Abstract: The politics of neoliberal education have shaped existing racial injustices and educational inequities in post-Katrina school reform efforts in New Orleans. In this article, the argument is made that charter schools in New Orleans have not created equitable schooling experiences for African American students. Instead, the market-driven school reform efforts have contributed to racial segregation and stratification in the five tiered school system of New Orleans. Additionally, in these restructured school, African American students encounter harsh disciplinary practices that infringe upon their civil rights. Taken as a whole, these reform approaches thwart efforts toward read and meaningful change that could contribute to equal educational opportunities for African American students. Citation: Johnson, K.A. (2012).The Myth and Rhetoric of the New Birth of Excellence and Opportunities for African American Students in New Orleans." PowerPlay 4 (1): 1-35. Published, 01/2012.
  • “Highlander Folk School.” In Kofi Lomotey‘s edition, Encyclopedia of African American Education, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Entries 1000 words. Published, 09/2009.
  • “Dunbar High School.” In Kofi Lomotey‘s edition, Encyclopedia of African American Education, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Entries 1000 words. Published, 09/2009.
  • “Cooper, Anna Julia.” In Kofi Lomotey‘s edition, Encyclopedia of African American Education, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Entries 1000 words. Published, 09/2009.
  • Invited book review of Vivian M. May‘s Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist. NY: Routledge (2007) for Journal of African American History, (vol. 93, no. 3): 450-451. Published, 07/2009.
  • Invited book review of Stephanie Y. Evan‘s Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954, An Intellectual History (Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 2007) for North Carolina Historical Review. Published, 07/2009.
  • “Gender and Race: Exploring Anna Julia Cooper‘s Thoughts for Socially Just Educational Opportunities.” Philosophia Africana, (vol. 12, no. 1): 67-82. Published, 03/2009.
  • “In Service for the Common Good: Anna Julia Cooper And Adult Education.”African American Review (vol. 43, no. 1):45-56. Published, 03/2009.
  • “On Classical vs. Vocational Training: The Educational Ideas of Anna Julia Cooper and Nannie Helen Burroughs.” In Noel Anderson & Haroon Kharem‘s edition, Education as Freedom: African American Educational Thought and Ideology, Critical Essays, NY: Lexington Press, (A division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers): 47-66. Published, 12/2008.
  • “Hope for an uncertain future: Recovery and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans‘s schools.” Urban Education, (vol. 43, no. 4): 421-444. Published, 07/2008.

Presentations

  • Chaired a session of the "Bias in Context: Psychological and Structural Explanations of Injustice." Department of Philosophy, University of Utah, for speaker Clifton Granby, of Yale University . Other, Presented, 10/24/2017.
  • From Black Girls to Black Women Scholars: What's Education Got to Do With It? 102nd Annual Conference of the Association of the Study of African American Life and History (I was the panel discussant). Presentation, Presented, 09/29/2017.
  • Panel presentation: Beyond deficit framing: African American families' resiliency, sacrifices, and evidence-based approaches to achieve academic success. 102nd Annual Conference, Association for the Study of African American Life & History Conference Meeting, Cincinnati, OH. (I was the panel chair). Presentation, Presented, 09/28/2017.
  • "A Dreamed Deferred: Still Confronted with the Color-line Over 60-Years After Brown." Black History Month Keynote Presentation, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/16/2017.
  • The American Educational Studies Association 2016 Annual Conference Conference panel session titled:"Saving and Reintroducing Overlooked Legacies of Black Education." This was recognized as a REVIEWERS’ CHOICE SESSION in History: Panelists: CRAIG KRIDEL, TONDRA LODER-JACKSON, KAREN A. JOHNSON, HILTON KELLY, GEORGE NOBLIT (Chair) My paper title: "My God! Them N*gg*rs Done Learned to Write Their Names: Septima P. Clark and the Fight to the Right to Vote." November 2016, Seattle, WA . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2016.
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History 2016 Annual Conference. Panel Session Title: “Colored Women’s Clubs as Hallowed Sites for Advancing 19th and 20th Century Black Education, Youth Development, and Activism” Panelists: Tondra Loder-Jackson, Adah Ward Randolph, Derrick Alridge My paper presentation title: "An Examination of Anna Julia Cooper’s Role in the Black Women’s Club Movement as a Critical Hallowed Site of Education and Social Advancement.” October 2016, Richmond, VA. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/2016.
  • Invited University of Utah Classroom Lecture 2500 Introduction to Ethnic Studies Lecture: “African American Women during the Civil War”: Spring semester 2016. Other, Presented, 03/2016.
  • Invited talk: "Honoring the Life and Works of William Watkins" Upcoming AERA Conference 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Other, 04/17/2015.
  • Stephen Douglass Army Reserve Center (Fort Douglas) Black Awareness Event. “African American Women during the Civil War: Spies, Nurses, Recruiters, Soldiers.” Salt Lake City, UT. I was invited to present on February 25, 2015 for the Army Reserve's Black Awareness Event . Invited Talk/Keynote, Other, 02/25/2015.
  • UTAH NAME. “Looking Like Trayvon: The Narratives we Tell about Race.” February 21, 2015. Salt Lake City, UT. I presented on this topic THIS WAS AN INVITED PRESENTATION. Presentation, Accepted, 02/21/2015.
  • History of Education Conference Oct. 2013, Nashville, TN I chaired a panel session that focused on historical aspect of Black education in the South. Also, at this conference, I introduced the president of the conference who made the presidential address. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2013.
  • Special Presidential Panel Session, AERA 2013 San Francisco "150 years of Emancipation Proclamation": My title presentation: "What did emancipation mean to the enslaved" panelists: Karen A. Johnson, James D. Anderson, William Ayers, Kevin Kumashiro, Joyce E. King, Antonia Darder, Adrienne Dixsom. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2013.
  • Karen A. Johnson, Keynote Address for the National Black Graduate Student Association, Western Regional Conference October 2011 Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2011.
  • Karen A. Johnson (panelist). "A Reflective Examination of Education in New Orleans, Post-Katrina." at the American Educational Research Association. New Orleans, LA, April, 2011. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2011.
  • TANNER CENTER & SALT LAKE FILM SOCIETY--PROVIDED A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE SPIKE LEE DOCUMENTARY "WHEN THE LEVEES BROKEN." THIS WAS IN PREPARATION FOR THE SPIKE LEE TANNER LECTURER EVENT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2010.
  • "Freedom Dreams: The Transformative Leadership of Septima Poinsette Clark," on a panel titled "Transformative Leadership & the Contributions of Black Women across..." Division A, AERA Denver, CO 2010. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2010.
  • "The Influences that shaped Septima Poinsette Clark's teacher as activist identity," on a panel titled "Using teacher identity as conceptual model to investigate teachers and teaching in contemporary educational context." SIG: Lives of Teachers, AERA San Diego, April 2009. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2009.
  • "Literacy for Liberation: Septima P. Clark's Adult Literacy Ideans," in the panel session titled "Juxtaposing and critically examining African American women teachers in the de facto segregated North and the de jure segregated South, from the 1860s to 1960s" SIG: Research on Women in Education, AERA San Diego. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2009.
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) 93rd Conference-Unveiling of the 2009 U.S. Postal Stamp (Black Heritage Commemorative Series) of Anna Julia Cooper/ AN INVITED PRESENTATION Sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service and ASALH Johnson, Karen A. “A Brief Overview of the Historical Figure Anna Julia Cooper,” Birmingham, Alabama (October 2008). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2008.
  • “Hope for an Uncertain Future: Recovery and Rebuilding Efforts in New Orleans‘s Schools,” in the panel session titled “Assessing Hurricane Katrina‘s Impact on Urban Education” American Educational Research Association Conference, New York, NY (March 2008). THIS WAS THE AERA PRESIDENTIAL SPECIAL PANEL SESSION. This talk was later published in the Urban Education Journal, July 2008 . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/2008.