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Karl Ellis Johnson

Karl Johnson headshotAssociate Professor of African American Studies

Year Joined RCNJ: 2002

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7798
  • Email:
  • Office: B-136
  • Office Hours: W 10:00-12:00 pm; R 11:00-1:00 pm; S 12:00-3:00 pm via Webex


  • B.A., Rutgers College
  • M.A., Rutgers University-Newark
  • Ph.D., Temple University

Courses Offered:

  • Introduction to African Studies
  • African Americans in Film
  • African American Social and Political Thought
  • Social Issues; African American History I & II
  • Age of Segregation; Black Power Years
  • Contemporary Africa
  • U.S. Relations toward Africa and its Diaspora
  • U.S. History I & II
  • Does Race Matter? (MALS Graduate Course)

Teaching Interest:

  • The African Diaspora
  • Black Urban Culture and History
  • Social History
  • U.S. Foreign Relations toward Africa
  • Online Course Technology Expert

Research Interest:

  • The African Diaspora
  • Black Urban Culture and History
  • Traveling to Africa
  • U.S. Foreign Relations toward Africa

Scholarly Activity:

  • (upcoming 2017-2018) Karl Johnson, When We Were Working Class: The Black Working Class Novel of the 1970s [Kindle Edition](Seattle: Kindle Direct Publishing) E-book
  • Karl Johnson, Trouble Won’t Last: Postwar Black Philadelphia, Race, and Activism, 1944-1963 (Seattle: Kindle Direct Publishing, 2012) E-book & electronic version now available only (use Kindle App for access)
  • Karl Johnson, “Trouble Won’t Last: Black Church Resurrection and Activism in Postwar Philadelphia,” in African American Urban History Since World War II, eds. Kenneth L. Kusmer and Joe William Trotter, Jr. (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2009) Book Chapter
  • Karl Johnson, “Police-Black Community Relations in Postwar Philadelphia: Race and Criminalization in Urban Social Spaces, 1945-1960,” The Journal of African American History (Spring 2004): 118-134. (Refereed)
  • Karl Johnson, “The Last Word: America Should Play Waiting Game in Haiti,” Emerge 6 (October 1994): 72. (Emerge was the 1st African-American National Magazine created dedicated solely to discuss politics)
  • Karl Johnson, “Liquor Stores Verses Community,” The North Jersey Herald & News, 4 February 1993, 6 (A).
  • February 18, 2014, The State of Africana Studies in the State of NJ, Scholarship. Pedagogy. I gave a presentation on the panel the “Africana Studies: Specialized Areas of Knowledge” titled “Teaching an African Americans is Film Course”  I was invited to participate in this statewide conference by Chair Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt of the African American Program at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey where it was held.
  • November 1, 2013, Conference for the 7th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), held October 30-November 2, 2013 in Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic, selected paper for presentation. Part of the Ramapo College panel entitled: Messages to Africa from the African Diaspora “Voices of Concern from the African Diaspora about Timbuktu, Mali & the Destruction


  • Dr. Karl Ellis Johnson was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey . He has a BA in History and Economics from Rutgers College, a MA in History from Rutgers University- Newark, and a PhD in History from Temple University. Currently he is an Associate Professor of African American Studies and the Convener of the Africana Studies Major at Ramapo College of New Jersey.
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