Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies


Jasmine Elizabeth Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Theater Arts and Performance Studies. Johnson's work examines the politics of black movement including dance, diasporic travel, and gentrification. Interdisciplinary in nature, her research and teaching is situated at the intersection of diaspora theory, dance and performance studies, ethnography, and black feminism. Her current book project, Rhythm Nation: West African Dance and the Politics of Diaspora, is a transnational ethnography on the industry of West African dance. A Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow, Johnson received her Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies from UC Berkeley. 

Johnson serves on the board of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, the Society of Dance History Scholars, and the Editorial Board of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She is also a dancer, and performs internationally.

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