Faculty Profile

Lynn Johnson

Associate Professor of Africana Studies (2004)

Contact Information


Althouse Hall Room G10


Lynn R. Johnson specializes in African American literature, African Aesthetics, and Africana literary cultures. Her primary research interests are in African American literary production and theory and Middle Passage studies. Currently, she is completing a manuscript that examines the relationship between food and psychological disease and wellness as portrayed in African American fiction.


  • B.A., Salisbury University, 1996
  • M.A., Temple University, 1998
  • Ph.D., 2007

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

AFST 200 Approaches to Africana Studies
This course will investigate the importance of conceptual analysis and the development of concepts in the theoretical and textual research of Africana Studies. Thus, the course will focus on various interpretive frameworks and approaches to organizing and understanding Africana Studies, including but not limited to the African model, Afrocentricity, diaspora model, critical race theory, post-modernism, and post colonialism. Prerequisite: 100.

AFST 320 Representations of Blackness
This course examines the changing meanings of and values given to the concept of “blackness” as expressed in 20th and 21st-century literature, film, photographs, and popular culture materials about and by African-Americans. We will begin by exploring the association of blackness with physical racial difference. Subsequently, we will assess the various ways that African-Americans have come to regard the concept as an essential component of their “artistic strength” and their Diasporic identities. Along with discussions of black as a racial and cultural identity, we will treat the themes of black aesthetics, "blaxploitation," "ghettocentrism", black masculinity/femininity, and black digital subjectivity.