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September 23, 2013

Karen Johnson Joins History Faculty at Wheaton College

Dr. Karen J. Johnson recently joined the Wheaton College faculty as Assistant Professor of History.

Johnson is a graduate of Carleton College where she earned a B.A. in History. She completed an M.A. in Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Her research interests include the history of race and religion in the United States. Her essay, “Healing the Mystical Body: Catholic Attempts to Overcome the Racial Divide in the Depression and World War II” will be published this fall in Christians and the Color Line: Race and Religion after Divided by Faith (Oxford University Press).

“I am delighted that God has called me to join the Wheaton faculty because of the opportunity to work with such outstanding students and colleagues, and the chance to integrate my faith with learning,” Johnson says. “I am looking forward to teaching classes in American history generally, as well as more specific courses in urban history, African-American history, and the history of race. My goal as a teacher is to help students learn to think like historians think by asking questions of the past, making connections, and considering sources, in addition to helping them learn how historians have interpreted what has happened.”

“Dr. Johnson demonstrates remarkable energy and excitement, and the department is really excited about her joining the faculty,” says Wheaton College provost Dr. Stanton Jones. “She has a real passion for racial reconciliation, and she brings vitality and energy to her teaching.”