Georgetown backdrop


Terrence L. Johnson headshot

Terrence L. Johnson

Senior Research Fellow

Department of Government

Latest Updates


Terrence L. Johnson is an associate professor of religion and politics in the Department of Government and an affiliate member of the Department of African American Studies at Georgetown University. Johnson is also a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center and serves on the executive committee of the Center 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.