Andre E. Johnson
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (COMMUNICATION STUDIES)
Dr. Andre E. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies and the Scholar in Residence at the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis He teaches classes in African American Public Address, Rhetoric Race and Religion, Media Studies, Interracial Communication, Rhetoric of Social Movements, and Hip Hop Studies. Dr. Johnson is the author of No Future in this Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner (University Press of Mississippi, 2020). He is the co-author (with Amanda Nell Edgar) of The Struggle Over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter (2018) that won the National Communication Association (NCA) 2019 African American Communication and Culture Division Outstanding Book Award. He is also the author of The Forgotten Prophet: Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and the African American Prophetic Tradition (2012) that won the National Communication Association (NCA) 2013 African American Communication and Culture Division Outstanding Book Award and the editor of Urban God Talk: Constructing a Hip Hop Spirituality (2013). He is also the curator and director of the Henry McNeal Turner Project (#HMTProject); a digital archive dedicated to the writings and study of Bishop Turner.
Dr. Johnson has presented academic papers at national, regional, and state conferences winning awards at each level and has published essays in Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Howard Journal of Communications, Southern Journal of Communication, Carolina Communication Annual, Black Theology Journal, The New York Times, Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric and The Journal of African American History. He holds membership in several national, regional, and state associations in the areas of Communication, History, African American Studies and Religious Studies.
In addition to what many consider groundbreaking work on Bishop Turner, Dr. Johnson maintains an eclectic research agenda. Ongoing research projects explore the dimensions of rhetoric and hip hop, rhetoric and Black preaching, and a rhetorical history of the Black oratorical tradition.
Ph.D., University of Memphis
M.Div., Memphis Theological Seminary
B.S., University of Tennessee at Martin
No Future in this Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner. University Press of Mississippi, 2020
(with Amanda Nell Edgar) The Struggle Over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. Lexington Books, (Paperback) 2020
My Sanctified Imagination: Carter G. Woodson and a Speculative (Rhetorical) History of African American Public Address, 1925-1960. Rhetoric and Public Affairs. (Forthcoming, 2021)
Taking the Inward Journey: Prophetic Rhetoric’s Listening Function. Listening: A Journal of Communication, Ethics, Religion, and Culture. 2020.
"MLK and the Meeting that Never Was: Race, Racism and the Negation of the Beloved Community. Journal of Communication and Religion, (2020)