Sherita L. Johnson

Associate Professor of English, Director of Center for Black Studies

Dr. Sherita L. Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she specializes in nineteenth-century African American literature, black women writers, Jim Crow literature and cultural studies. She has also taught study abroad courses of Caribbean literature in Jamaica with USM’s International Programs. The author of Black Women in New South Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2010), Johnson has served as guest editor of The Southern Quarterly for two themed-issues: " 'My Southern Home': The Lives and Literature of 19th-Century Southern Black Writers" (Spring 2008) and “Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary” (Fall 2014). Her current project examines “the negro problem” in light of early developments of a civil rights movement, race literature, and the culture of segregation. Since 2011, she has served as the Director of the Center for Black Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Link to Dr. Johnson's book: Black Women in New South Literature and Culture