Lamar Johnson

Assistant Professor
College of Arts & Letters

Lamar L. Johnson is an assistant professor of language and literacy for linguistic and racial justice in the Department of English at Michigan State University. He identifies as an interdisciplinary scholar-activist whose research and teaching make contributions to the fields of language and literacy studies, English Education, curriculum and instruction and Black education across the diaspora. His work explores the intricate intersections of language, literacy, anti-Black racism, Blackness, and education. As an equity-based scholar and researcher, his classroom reflects anti-racist and culturally relevant frameworks. Dr. Johnson has years of experience preparing educators to work with culturally, racially, and linguistically diverse populations. As an award-winning writer, his work is featured in the Journal of Literacy Research, Race Ethnicity and Education, Literacy Research: Theory, Methods, and Practice, Urban Review, English Education, and English Journal. He was the recipient of the 2017 Promising Researcher Award, the recipient of the 2018 Edwin M. Hopkins Award, and 2019 honorable mention for the Alan C. Purves Award all through the National Council of Teachers of English. His co-edited book, African Diaspora Literacy: The Heart of Transformation in K-12 Schools and Teacher Education, is published with Lexington Books and received the 2019 Critics’ Choice Book Award for the American Educational Studies Association. Dr. Johnson’s offers consulting and professional development services that focus on the following: Black education, critical race pedagogies, racial storytelling, and anti-racist language and literacy pedagogies.