Kimberly P. Johnson

Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Communications and an affiliate faculty member of Women’s Studies at Tennessee State University. Johnson brings to the Department of Communications, her areas of specialization: Political, Religious, and African American Rhetoric, Rhetorical Criticism, Cultural Criticism, and Womanism. Johnson teaches the senior project capstone course, communication research methods, honors public speaking, fundamentals of communication, public speaking, persuasion, African American rhetoric, and introduction to women’s studies to undergraduate students. Johnson has presented her research at professional communication associations such as the National Communication Association, Rhetoric Society of America, Southern States Communication Association, and Tennessee Communication Association. Johnson is the author of The Womanist Preacher: Proclaiming Womanist Rhetoric from the Pulpit (Lexington Books, 2017) and has a forthcoming edited volume, Preaching During a Pandemic: The Rhetoric of the Black Preaching Tradition, with Peter Lang. Some of Johnson’s other work can be found in the Journal of Communication and Religion, Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality StudiesReligious Education, and The African American Lectionary. Johnson’s research interests lie at the intersection of rhetoric, race, and religion; more specifically, womanist rhetoric & womanist preaching; feminist rhetoric, African American rhetoric; along with issues around power and social justice.

Dr. Johnson has a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication along with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from The University of Memphis; a Master of Divinity Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary; and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech from Northwestern University. She is a licensed and ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serves as an Associate Minister at New Covenant Christian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

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