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Faculty Profile

Willa Elaine Mathis Johnson

Sociology & Anthropology
Professor of Sociology
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540 Lamar Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7421
Joined UM: August 17, 2006

Brief Bio

Willa M. Johnson is assistant professor of religion. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1999, becoming only the third African-American woman to become a Hebrew Bible scholar. Dr. Johnson is completing a monograph for Sheffield Press (U.K.) based on her dissertation on intermarriage in Ezra- Nehemiah, and has expanded her interests to modern Judaism by examining the role of art in the Holocaust. She plans to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in 2008. Dr. Johnson recently completed two articles and an Introduction to The People's Choice (Augsberg Fortress Press), a new version of the Bible. At the University of Mississippi she has taught "Introduction to Religion" as well as "Judaism," "Hebrew Scripture and Early Judaism," and "Women and the Judeo-Christian Tradition."


Management Science
Kean College of New Jersey (1986)
Biblical & Historical Studies
Boston University (1989)
Religious Studies
Vanderbilt University (1995)
Religious Studies
Vanderbilt University (1999)