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Lamar Johnson, PhD
Senior Consultant

Dr. Johnson’s service and outreach are intimately connected with his research and teaching. As a scholar-activist, Dr. Johnson’s service and outreach align with a mission and vision deeply rooted in Black liberation and racial justice. His commitment to equity, justice, and inclusion extends through his research, teaching, service, and outreach. From his experiences teaching high school English to his experiences in academia, justice has always been at the core.  


Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Language and Literacy for Linguistic and Racial Justice in the Department of English at Michigan State University. His work explores the intricate intersections of language, literacy, anti-Black racism, Blackness, and education. 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 edited with Drs. Gloria Boutte, Gwenda Greene, and Dywanna Smith, 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.  


When Dr. Johnson is not being an academic, you can catch him filming shows and writing scripts for tv.