He is an affiliate member of the Department of African American Studies and Department of Theology and Religious Studies.
He is the author of Tragic Soul-Life: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Moral Crisis Facing American Democracy (Oxford 2012) and serves as co-editor of the Duke University Press Series Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+embed+link+in+text&oq=how+to+embed+link+in+&aqs=chrome.3.69i57j0l5.15024j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8. His essays have appeared in a number of edited volumes and journals, including the Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of Africana Religions, Reading Religion and the Journal of the Society Christian Ethics.
Johnson's second manuscript, We Testify with Our Lives: Black Power and the Ethical Turn in Politics, explores the decline of Afro-Christianity in the post-civil rights era and the increasing efforts among African American leftists to imagine ethics and human rights activism as necessary extensions of, and possibly challenges to, political liberalism, pragmatism and liberal public philosophies rooted in individualism, neutrality and exceptionalism.
A graduate of Morehouse College, Johnson received his M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Brown University.