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Sherita Johnson

Dr. Sherita Johnson

Associate Professor


Dr. Sherita L. Johnson is an Associate Professor in the English Program at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she concentrates on nineteenth-century African American literature, Southern 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), her current projects include tracking Frederick Douglass’ activism in the colored conventions movement and examining the works of African American writers during the Reconstruction era. Since 2011, Johnson has served as the Director of the Center for Black Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.

  • PHD - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2005)
  • MA - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2000)
  • BA - Alabama State University (1996)

Undergraduate Courses
+ New South, New Negroes: Reconstruction Literature
+ Civil Rights Literature
+ Working Black Women, Writers and Domestics
+ Frederick Douglass
+ Black Abolitionists
+ Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Graduate Seminars

+ Slavery. Segregation. Social Justice.
+ Activists, Intellectuals, and Political Movements in African American Literature
+ Two Writers, One Mississippi: Jesmyn Ward and William Faulkner

  • “Emancipating Faulkner: Reading Go Down, Moses and Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, UnBuried, Sing.” , Faulkner and Slavery (Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Series), 2020
  • “Reconstructions of the South in African American Literature.” , African American Literature in Transition, 1750-2015, vol. 5, 2021
  • "Teaching Realism of Jim Crow America", American Literary Realism,
  • Modern Language Association
  • Society for the Study of Southern Literature
  • C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

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Areas of Expertise

African American Literature and Southern Literature