Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies
Michael is teaching CES 101during the 2011 fall semester..
He earned his M.L.A. degree in Social and Political Thought from the University of South Florida as well as his M.S. in Information Studies from Florida State University. He was the 2008-2009 Ronald E. McNair Fellow at WSU and currently serves as the Area Chair for Gender and Sexual Identity for the SWTX Regional Popular Culture/American Culture Association and as an Associate Editor for the NeoAmericanist. In his "free" time he's an avid fresh-water aquarium hobbyist; enjoys listening to jazz and the blues and he has unhealthy relationships with both Facebook and Gentleman Jack Daniels.
His primary research/interest areas include critical media studies at the intersections of queer and ethnoracial representation in US corporate television networks, employing political economic analyses; interrogating Foucauldian effects of "naturalizing" forces on queer sex acts; and the intersections of ethnicity and socio-political queer activism.
Johnson Jr., Michael (Ed.) Gender and Sexuality: Presentations of the 30th Annual SW/Texas Regional Meeting of the Popular Culture Association, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011
Johnson Jr., Michael, "Here’s a Little Lagniappe For You..." In South To A Queer Place, by Ugena Whitlock. Atlanta: Routledge, 2011.
Johnson Jr., Michael, “Just Getting Off”: The Inseparability of Ejaculation and Hegemonic Masculinity” Journal of Men'sStudies, Vol.18, No.3, 2010
Johnson Jr., Michael, “After Noah’s Arc: Where Do We Go from Here?” in Queers in American Popular Culture, Vol. I – Film, TV, Radio, and the Internet, by Jim Elledge. Praeger, 2010.
Johnson Jr., Michael, “American Entertainment (Re)Invented: Queering Cirque du Soleil-Gender, Masculinity & Sexual Identity.” In Presentations of the 29th Annual SW/Texas Regional Meeting of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, by Gypsey Teague, Ed. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.
Johnson Jr., Michael, “Queer Popular Culture”, "Television: The Post-Network Era", In The Encyclopedia of American Studies, Miles Orvell, Ed., Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010
Johnson Jr., Michael, 'Gay Games', 'Pride Parade' 'Queer Theory' and 'West Hollywood' In The Dictionary of American History, Dynamic Reference Edition, by Robert J. Maddox, and William Pencak, by Gary Cross (Ed.), Thompson/Gale, 2008.
Johnson Jr., Michael, “Murder of Matthew Shepard" In the Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars, by Roger Chapman. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2008.
Johnson Jr., Michael and Klinker, Mary Jo. "The (Thin) Wire: Negotiating Representations of Black Lesbian Identity in Detective Shakima Greggs", Spectator, Vol.31, No.2, Fall 2010
Johnson Jr., Michael, “American Circus (Re)Invented-Queering Cirque du Soleil” in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, 2011
Johnson Jr., Michael, “Negotiating Love and Work: A Critical Ethnography of Ty LeBeouf” in Queer Love in Film and Television, by Pamela Demory and Chris Pullen, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
Contact Mr. Johnson
TTH: 10:25-11:25 a.m..
and by appointment