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Nina Johnson

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Sociology & Anthropology, Black Studies

Black Studies


  2. Phone: (610) 690-5773
  3. Kohlberg 243
  4. Office Hours: Tuesdays Noon- 2:00pm
Nina Johnson


Ph.D,  Sociology, Northwestern University, 2012
M.A., Sociology, Northwestern University, 2007
M.A., Culture and Communications, New York University, 1999
B.A., Urban Studies and African American Studies, University of Pennsylvania 1997

Selected Publications and Activities

Johnson, Nina A. "A Long Way From Home: Race, Mobility and Residential Choice." Article under review at City and Community.
Johnson, Nina A.  "Black Privilege?: Status and Stigma in the Case of Black Educational Elites" Article in Preparation
Johnson, Nina A. "Mama (Never) Said There'd Be Days Like This: Towards A Politics of Contemporary Black(Elite)ness" Article in preparation.
Current Book Project:
Talented Tenth or Black Bourgeoisie?: Black Educational Elites in the Twenty-First Century

Teaching and Research Interests

Race, Class, and Gender, Inequality, Mobility, Culture, Political Sociology, Urban Ethnography, Qualitative Methods, Race Theory, Social Theory, Sociological Approaches to Literature, Black Feminist Thought, Social Movements

Courses and Seminars Taught

  • Introduction to Black Studies (BS 15)
  • Introduction to Race and Ethnicity (SOAN 007B)
  • Black Social and Political Thought SOAN 040G/ BLST 040G)
  • Introduction to Ethnic Studies (SOAN 003SR)

Her areas of interest include culture, race, mobility, and qualitative methods. Her dissertation primarily employs ethnographic methods to explore the ways in which elite status is refracted through the lens of racial identity and how racial identity shapes and is in turn shaped by mobility experiences among blacks educated at elite institutions.

Nina Johnson is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Program in Black Studies at Swarthmore College. Consistent with her previous graduate study in culture and criticism (MA, New York University), her research interests lie in the areas of race, culture, and mobility.