Kenneth Johnson

Assistant Professor

Kenneth Johnson II teaches courses in African American literature/culture and writing, with a specific interest in 20th and 21st century works of fiction. His scholarly work lies largely at the intersection of fiction, Black masculinity, and New Literacy Studies. He is currently working toward a first manuscript focused on the creation of a theory of 21st century Black southern boyhood literacy in fiction and culture.


Ph.D. – English with an emphasis in African American Literary and Cultural Studies, Florida State University

M.A. – English (Literature, Media, and Culture), Florida State University

B.A. – English, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Research Interests

20th and 21st Century African American Narrative

Black Southern Fiction

Black literacy and Language

Black Masculinity

New Literacy Studies

Black Men’s Memoirs/Autobiographies

Southern Studies

Hip-Hop Studies