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Lauren Johnson, Ph.D.

Lauren Johnson
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 706-864-1532

Office: Dunlap Hall 214A, 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 assistant 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
Johnson, L. 2016. Men at Risk: Sex Tourism and STI/HIV Risk in Jamaica. Culture, Health, and Sexuality, March, 1-14.
Yelvington, K., A. Winn, C. Wells, A. Stuesse, N. Romero-Daza, L. Johnson, A. Jackson, E. Curry, and H. Castaneda. 2015. Diversity Dilemmas and Opportunities: Training the Next Generation of Anthropologists. American Anthropologist, 117:2.
Johnson, L. 2014. Work at the Periphery: Issues of Tourism Sustainability in Jamaica. Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, 6:949-962.

Book Chapters
Johnson, L. 2017. Sex Tourism and STI/HIV Risk in a Jamaican Tourism Destination in T.A. LaVeist (ed.), Legacy of the Crossing: Life, Death and Triumph Among Descendants of the World’s Greatest Forced Migration, Baltimore, MD: Diasporic Africa Press.
Johnson, L. Making ‘Easy’ Money: Resilience and Risk in Jamaica. Accepted for publication in the Review of Economic Anthropology, Vol. 37, 2017.

Work Experience


  • 2016 – Coordinator of Diversity and Recruitment Initiatives, College of Education, University of North Georgia
  • 2015 – Assistant Professor of Social Foundations (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).                                     


  • 2014 – Social Foundations of Education Faculty, Teacher Education, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA.
  • 2015 - Visiting Professor, Liaocheng University Faculty Exchange, Liaocheng University, Shandong, China.
  • 2013 – 2014 - Associate Faculty, Anthropology, Ashford University, Online Education.                        
  • 2011 – 2013- Instructor, English Language Programs, 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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