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Elizabeth Johnson

Minority studies/College of Arts and Sciences

Expert Bio

Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D., is an associate professor of African American and African diaspora studies at Indiana University Northwest. Her research and speaking interests are grounded in black feminist, group identity and critical race theories, including hair aesthetics and body image; 19th-century U.S. history; and magazine, television and film representation of ethnicity and gender.

Areas of Expertise

Black feminist theory; group identity theory; Nollywood films; critical race theory; hair and body aesthetics; 19th-century U.S. history; magazine, television and film representation of ethnicity and gender

Other Information

Publications: Johnson, Elizabeth, and Donald Culverson. Female Narratives in Nollywood Melodramas. New York, Lexington Books, 2016.

Johnson, Elizabeth. Resistance and Empowerment in Black Women’s Hair Styling. Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom, Ashgate Publishing, 2013.

Johnson, Elizabeth. “All Hail the Queen: The Metamorphosis or Selling Out of Queen Latifah.” Challenging Images of Women in the Media: Reinventing Women’s Lives, edited by Theresa Carilli and Jane Campbell, New York, Lexington Books, 2012.

Johnson, Elizabeth. “The Politics of Appearance: Black Women’s Struggle in the 1920s.” World Literary Review, vol. 1, no. 1, Mar. 2011, pp. 47-59.

Johnson, Elizabeth. “Is My Uniform Too Kinky?” MP: An Online Feminist Journal, vol. 2, no. 4, Aug. 2009, pp: 49-61.

Johnson, Elizabeth. “Setting Healthy Boundaries: My Hair and My Body.” Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages, edited by Cynthia Brackett-Vincent and Carol Smallwood, Portland, ME, All Things That Matters Press, 2009.

Johnson, Elizabeth. Rev. of Black Feminism in Contemporary Drama, by Lisa M. Anderson, Southwest Journal of Cultures, vol. 2, no. 1, Feb. 2009, 2009/02/black-feminism-in-contemporary-drama-by.html. Accessed 23 Feb. 2017.

Johnson, Elizabeth. “Identity for Sale: The Billion Dollar African American Hair Trade.” The Globetrotting Shopaholic: Consumer Spaces, Products, and their Cultural Places, edited by Tanfer Emin Tunic and Annessa Ann Babic, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.