Johnson, Chris

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Chris Johnson

PhD, American Studies, New York University;
BA, Music, Cultural Anthropology and Urban Studies, Hampshire College

Assistant Professor, Culture and Media


My interests are in African American culture past and present as related to Jazz as a black art form specifically and performance practices generally. I have as well an interest in the role of visual images in the shaping of ideas in society, historically and in our time. I teach using images, film, and sound and promote digital technology as a teaching tool.

Courses Taught:
  • Visual Cultural Analysis
  • Black Vistas: The Visual and Material Culture of Jazz
  • Origins in Global Cultures: Values and the Universal
  • Early America and Visual Culture
  • Modern America and Visual Culture
Recent Publications:
  • “Surrogates: Juba and Rhythmic Practices.” in FORECAAST. (Forum for European Contributions to African American Studies) Volume 9. Lit Verlag, Hamburg. 2003
  • “The Digital Scholar” a presentation at the Apple Store SoHo highlighting the use of New Media in Higher Education. Fall 2003
Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
65 West 11th Street, Room 066
New York, NY  10011
Office Hours:
M&W 1-3
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5100 x2066


Research Interests:

Colonial American era travel writing by Europeans and images and descriptions of native American and African American culture and performance; The evolution of African American instrumental performance prior to Jazz and the relationship to the African musical heritage; The success and support for, and the racism and limitations against, African American performers in Germany and France during the nineteen twenties.

Professional Affiliations:
  • J. William Fulbright Program, Senior Scholar
  • W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University, Research Fellow
  • Apple Computer Company, Apple Distinguished Educator
Awards and Honors:
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar award, teaching and research, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universitat in Münster, Germany. Academic Year 2002-2003
  • Research Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. Academic Year 2000-2001
  • Apple Distinguished Educator. Sponsored by the Apple Computer Company. Spring 2000

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