E. Patrick Johnson, dean of the School of Communication and the Annenberg University Professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, recently received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association. The NCA’s highest honor, the award recognizes members for a full career of distinguished scholarly achievement in the area of communication studies. Dr. Johnson has been on the faculty at Northwestern University for more than two decades.
Dean Johnson was recognized for his work examining the intersection of gender, sexuality, race, and religion, with focuses on Black gay men of the South and Black Queer Southern women. He is the author of the award-winning books Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (Duke University Press, 2003) and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South — An Oral History (University of North Carolina Press, 2008).
Professor Johnson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned a Ph.D. in speech communication at Louisiana State University.