Jasmine Elizabeth Johnson is an Assistant Professor of African & Afro-American and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University. A Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow, she earned her Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. She served as Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Studies at Northwestern University. In 2016, Johnson was awarded the Michael L. Walzer '56 Award for combining "superlative scholarship with inspired teaching." She is currently in residence as a Newhouse Center for the Humanities Fellow at Wellesley College.

Johnson's work examines the politics of black movement including dance, diasporic travel, and gentrification. Interdisciplinary in nature, her work is situated at the intersection of diaspora theory, dance and performance studies, ethnography, and black feminism. Currently, Johnson is working on her book manuscript on the industry of West African dance in the United States and Guinea.

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 has performed internationally. 


Research Interests

Afro-diasporic dance, black performance studies, theories of diaspora, black feminisms, ethnography, West African politics and culture, urban renewal and gentrification.



Johnson has written for Aster(ix)Gawker, Colorlines, the Center for Black Studies Research, and Africa and Black Diaspora: An International Journal (Routledge). Her book, Rhythm Nation: West African Dance and the Politics of Diaspora, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.