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About Leola Aletha Johnson

Johnson's scholarship focuses on the media representations of African Americans in news and entertainment, especially sports and music, as well as on women and African Americans who work in media industries. She also specializes in hip-hop culture and rap music. Her most recent scholarly work focuses on transgressive representations of black men and women in low-brow and middle-brow culture. She teaches courses on television, the press and other mass media as social and cultural institutions.
Johnson is a regular guest on the program “Mental Engineering,” which airs on public television stations around the country.
EDUCATION: B.A., Ohio State University
M.A., University of Kentucky
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Johnson has been teaching at Macalester since 1998


Present Associate Professor and Chair, Media and Cultural Studies, Macalester College


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  • Cultural Studies and Media
  • Blackness in the Media
  • War and the Media

Contact Information

Neill Hall, 301B
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105