Georgetown backdrop


Terrence L. Johnson headshot

Terrence L. Johnson

Senior Research Fellow

Department of Government

Latest Updates

April 9, 2021

Center for Africana Studies Faculty Research Colloquium

Senior Research Fellow Terrence L. Johnson will join Anthea Butler for a conversation on her new book, White Evangelical Racism, hosted by the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania on April 14, 2021.


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 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 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 efforts among African-American leftists to imagine ethics and human rights activism as necessary extensions of political liberalism, pragmatism, and liberal public philosophies. Johnson holds a B.A. from Morehouse College, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Brown University.