Dr. Michael Johnson Jr., is an Assistant Professor of Media Theory and Criticism in the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at California State University Northridge who studies how hegemonic forces influence the depiction, adoption, consolidation and dissemination of race and human sexual identities across contemporary mass mediated commodities like television and film. He has a bachelor’s degree is in Liberal Arts from the University of New Orleans, and his Master’s degree is in Social and Political Thought from the University of South Florida, while his Ph.D. is in American Studies from Washington State University. Dr. Johnson is both a first generation college graduate and first generation post-graduate, and was awarded the highly competitive Ronald E. McNair Fellowship for his doctoral study.
Prior to his arrival at CSUN, he taught as a full-time faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Parkside in its Liberal Studies Department, and previously worked in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at his alma mater Washington State University. He’s also taught by invitation at both the University of Passau, in Bavaria Germany as well as the prestigious Deep Springs College in Bishop, California. He typically teaches courses in media theory and criticism with strict attention to media effects research like cultivation analyses and uses and gratification theories. He has also previously taught across the interdisciplinary fields of Liberal Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies, American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies.
His first book, There’s No Place Like HBO? The Political Economics of Race and Sexuality In American Entertainment, is currently under review with Wayne State University Press in its Critical Studies in Television Series. His research can also be found in publications like The Journal of Men’s Studies; Studies in Contemporary Culture; The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons; The Journal of New Media & Culture; Studies in Humanities, and Radical Teacher, to name a few. Dr. Johnson has also published a number of chapters in edited collections by ABC-Clio, Praeger, Palgrave Macmillan, Information Age Press, McFarland and Cambridge Scholars Press, among others.