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Lesa Johnson

Assistant Professor

I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2016. My research and teaching specialties are Social Psychology, Race and Ethnicity, and Stratification/Social Inequality. I have been teaching college-level courses Sociology courses for five years. My two main teaching focuses are Ethnic and Race Relations (SOCI 350) and Self and Society (SOCI 360). I also teach the Sociology of Work and Occupations, the Sociology of African Americans, and Classical Sociological Theory.  

I have conducted research on the social support and mental health of Black American and Black Caribbean women by socioeconomic status, on the social support and economic mobility prospects of Black American and South Sudanese women in the U.S., and on the social justice initiatives of university students from marginalized backgrounds at a predominately white institution (PWI). I most recently conducted participatory action research with Black students and community members in the Chico State area. Using two Freedom School models from the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter movements, this research explored attempts to preserve and improve Black students’ community esteem by addressing educational inequalities, embracing ancestral resilience, and improving academic identity salience.

Portrait of Lesa Johnson