Lamar L. Johnson

Associate Professor
English Education

Office: C628 Wells Hall

Lamar Johnson is Associate Professor of Language and Literacy for Linguistic and Racial Diversity in the Department of English at Michigan State University. He is interested in the complex intersections of race, language, literacy, and education and how English language arts (ELA) classrooms can become sites for racial justice.  

His current projects focus on the following questions: (1) How do Black lives matter within ELA classrooms? (2) How are white supremacy and anti-blackness re-inscribed through educators’ disciplinary discourses and pedagogical practices? and, (3) How can Critical Race English Education (CREE) be an analytic framework and methodological tool for literacy teacher educators of Color and teacher educators more broadly? To tackle these questions, Lamar has developed a working theory and pedagogy—CREE.  CREE is a theoretical and pedagogical construct that tackles white supremacy, race, and anti-black racism within English education, ELA classrooms, and beyond. Moreover, CREE centers the Black literacies educators can use to disrupt violence and curricula and pedagogical inequities against Black youth in schools.  


Baker-Bell, A., Butler, T., & Johnson, L. L.  (in press 2017). The pain and the wounds: A call for Critical Race English Education in the wake of racial violence.  English Education.

Johnson, L. L., Jackson, J., Stovall, D. & Baszile, D. T.  (in press 2017).  “Loving Blackness to Death”:(Re)Imagining ELA classrooms in a time of racial chaos.  English Journal.

Bryan, N.& Johnson, L. L.  (in press 2017).  Preparing black male teachers for the gifted classroom: Recommendations for historically black colleges and universities. Journal of Negro Education

Johnson, L. L. & Bryan, N.  (2016).  Using our voices, losing our bodies: Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and the spirit murders of Black male professors in the academy.  Race Ethnicity and Education, 20(2), 163-177. 

Johnson, L. L.  (2016).  Using critical race theory to explore race-based conversations through a critical family book club. Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, 65, 300-315.   


ENG140: Literature and Society (Black Intellectual Thought through African American Writers)
ENG308: Literature for Young Adults
ENG408: Sociopsycholinguistic Approaches to Reading in the Disciplines