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Lauren Johnson, Ph.D.

Lauren Johnson
Title: Interim Department Head
Phone: 706-864-1532

Office: Dunlap Hall, 213A/B, Dahlonega
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Areas of Expertise: Social Foundations of Education, TESOL, Diversity Pedagogy, Cultural Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Ethnography, Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Dr. Johnson is an associate professor and coordinator of the Diversity and Recruitment Initiatives in the college of education. She currently teaches courses for the Social Foundations of Education, Diversity Certificate, and Masters of Education programs. Dr. Johnson has conducted anthropological research on issues of ethnicity and inequality, gender and sexuality, education, and diversity pedagogy. Her current research focuses on multicultural education, race/racism in teacher education, and social inequality in the Caribbean region.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 2110 - Critical/Contemporary Issues in Education
  • EDUC 2120 - Sociocultural Diversity in Education
  • EDUC 2130 - Explore Learning and Teaching
  • EDUC 7793 - Current Issues and Trends in Diversity
  • EDUC 7851 - Foundations of Inequity
  • MGMS 7200 - Conceptualizing Middle Level Learning and Diversity in Content 


  • Ph.D., Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida, 2012
  • M.A., TESOL, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2004
  • B.A., Latin American Studies (Anthropology Emphasis), Columbia College, Columbia University, 2002

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Johnson’s research interests include ethnic, class, and gender relations, educational anthropology, diversity pedagogy, issues of race in teacher education, tourism, immigration, and the African Diaspora of the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. 


Peer Reviewed Articles:

2018    Whitaker, W., Hardee, S., Johnson, L. and McFaden, K. “The Southern mind and the savage ideal: Deconstructing identities of place in the Cracker State.” Teaching Education, 29(4), pp. 407-420.

2016    Johnson, L. “’Men at Risk’: Sex Tourism and STI/HIV Risk in Jamaica.” Culture, Health, and Sexuality, March, 1-14.

2015    Yelvington, K., Winn, A., Wells, C., Stuesse, A., Romero-Daza, N., Johnson, L., Jackson, A., Curry, E., and Castañeda, H. “Diversity Dilemmas and Opportunities: Training the Next Generation of Anthropologists.” American Anthropologist 117:2.

2014    Johnson, L. “Work at the Periphery: Issues of Tourism Sustainability in Jamaica.” Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research 6:949-962.

Book Chapters:

2017    Johnson, L. "Making “Easy” Money: Resilience and Risk in Jamaica." In Anthropological Considerations of Production, Exchange, Vending and Tourism, pp. 257-273. Emerald Publishing Limited, 2017.

2017    Johnson, L. “Sex Tourism and STI/HIV Risk in a Jamaican Tourism Destination,” in TA. LaVeist (ed.), Legacy of the Crossing: Life, Death and Triumph Among Descendants of the World's Greatest Forced Migration, Diasporic Africa Press, 2017.

Work Experience


  • 2019: Interim Department Head, Culture, Language, and Leadership
    College of Education, University of North Georgia
  • 2015: Associate Professor; Coordinator of Diversity and Recruitment Initiatives (Limited Term Faculty 2014-2015)
    College of Education, University of North Georgia
  • 2013-2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida (USF)


  • 2019 & 2015: Visiting Professor, Liaocheng University Faculty Exchange
    Liaocheng University, Liaocheng, China
  • 2014: Faculty, Teacher Education
    University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
  • 2013-2014: Associate Faculty, Anthropology
    Ashford University, Online Education
  • 2011-2013: Adjunct Instructor, INTO USF
    University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • 2010-2012: Adjunct Instructor, English for Academic Purposes 
    Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida
  • 2007-2010: Graduate Assistant/Instructor, Anthropology Department 
    University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • 2005-2007: ESOL Coordinator; ESL & English Language Arts Teacher
    Escuela Las Morochas, Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela
  • 2002-2005: ESL and English Language Arts Teacher
    IS 143M, Eleanor Roosevelt, New York, New York

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