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Terrence L. Johnson

Senior Research Fellow

Department of Government

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September 23, 2020

“Such a Time As This”: Racial Justice and the University

Senior Research Fellow Terrence Johnson is part of a Georgetown University conversation series on racial justice and the university. Johnson will speak at a September 30 panel on "Defining Our Terms: Ethical Vision, Moral Mandate.”


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.