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Terrence L. Johnson

Senior Research Fellow

Department of Government

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August 24, 2021

The Estrangement of Being Without a Name

Senior Research Fellow Terrence L. Johnson will deliver a lecture at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College on October 26, 2021. The lecture will explore critical race theory, constitutional fidelity, and the politics of bad faith in American public life.


Terrence L. Johnson is an associate professor of religion and politics in the Department of Government. He is also a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center, an affiliate member of the Department of African American Studies, and serves on the executive committee of the Center for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University. Johnson’s research interests include African American political thought, ethics, American religions, and the role of religion in public life. He is the author of We Testify with Our Lives: How Religion Transformed Radical Thought from Black Power to Black Lives Matter (2021) and Tragic Soul-Life: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Moral Crisis Facing American Democracy (2012) and serves as co-editor of the Duke University Press Series Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People. Johnson holds a B.A. from Morehouse College, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Brown University.