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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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

HIST 211 Afr Am Food & Civ Rgts Mvmt
Cross-listed with AFST 220-05.Part of the African American Foodways and the Civil Rights Movement Mini-Mosaic.

AFST 220 Afr Am Food & Civ Rgts Mvmt
Cross-listed with HIST 211-04.Part of the African American Foodways and the Civil Rights Movement Mini-Mosaic.In recent years, the Civil Rights Movement has been memorialized and remembered in an ever-expanding heritage sector, particularly in the US South. In so doing, the course revisits civil rights movement history through the prism of foodways – the food cultures, establishments and politics that shaped how that movement was fought throughout the country. Three major themes will guide the work of this course: pleasure, contestation, and nourishment. Students and professors will explore these themes in relation to resistance initiatives planned in African American restaurants in Washington, DC; sit-in protests of segregated lunch counters in the rural south; and Black-owned and -operated grocery stores, eateries, farmer’s cooperatives and freedom farms as they produced powerful critiques of food poverty and malnourishment within African American communities.

AFST 400 Writing in Africana Studies
This course will build on experiences in the methods course. Students in this course continue research toward and writing of a senior thesis. The emphasis is on writing skills and course material; assignments link those skills to work in Africana Studies. Seniors in the major will work independently with the director of Africana Studies and a second faculty reader (representing a discipline closer to the senior's interest) to produce a lengthy paper or special project which focuses on an issue relevant to the student's concentration. Under the direction of the director of Africana Studies, students will meet collectively two or three times during the semester with the directors (and, if possible, other Africana Studies core and contributing faculty) to share bibliographies, research data, early drafts, and the like. This group will also meet at the end of the semester to discuss and evaluate final papers and projects. Prerequisites: 100 and 200; four 200/300-level AFST approved courses (2 Africa, 2 Diaspora); three 300-level (in area of concentration).