Georgetown backdrop


Terrence L. Johnson headshot

Terrence L. Johnson

Faculty Fellow

Department of Theology

Latest Updates

April 23, 2018

Race, Religion, and Black Lives Matter

Students and scholars gathered on April 10 to listen to panelists investigate the interaction between racial and religious groups in response to issues of injustice and ensuing protest movements.


Terrence L. Johnson is an associate professor of religion and government at Georgetown University, where he has joint appointments in the Department of Theology and the Department of Government. He is an affiliate member of the Department of African American Studies. Johnson is also a faculty fellow at the Berkley Center and serves on the executive committee of the Program for Jewish Civilization. His research interests include ethics, political theory, African American religions, and religion and public life. He is the author of 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 is completing a manuscript tentatively titled We Testify with Our Lives: Black Power and the Ethical Turn in Politics, which explores the decline of Afro-Christianity in the post-Civil Rights Era and the increasing efforts among African American leftists to imagine ethics and human rights activism within Black politics. Johnson holds a B.A. from Morehouse College, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Brown University.