School of Communication

E. Patrick Johnson

Department of Performance Studies

E. Patrick Johnson

Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies
Annie May Swift Hall
1920 Campus Drive, Room G08
Evanston, IL 60208
Graduate Programs: Performance Studies, Theatre & Drama, Screen Culture, African American Studies

E. Patrick Johnson has published widely in the areas of race, class and gender, and performance. His first book, Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity, published by Duke University Press in 2003, which dealt with cultural, social, and political battles over origin, ownership, circulation, and performance, won several awards. In addition to his published work, Johnson is also a performing artist. He toured his one-man show, "Strange Fruit", around the country between 1999 and 2004. He is currently touring, "Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales," a solo performance based on the narratives in his book Sweet Tea. He is working on an anthology of black queer performance texts and researching queer sexuality and performance in the black church.

Personal web site


PhD Speech Communication, Louisiana State University
MA Speech Communication, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
BA Speech Communication, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Johnson, E. Patrick (2008). Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South--An Oral History. University of North Carolina Press.

Johnson, E. Patrick and Mae Henderson, co-editors (2005). Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology. Duke University Press.

Johnson, E. Patrick (October, 2003). Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity. Duke University Press.

Recent Awards and Honors

Clarence Ver Steeg Award. Northwestern University Graduate School, 2007

Martin Duberman Fellowship, 2005. Awarded by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CUNY)

Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship in African American Theatre Studies, 2004. Awarded by the American Society for Theatre Research.


307 Studies in Gender and Performance
316 Folklore and Oral Traditions
509 Performance and Pedagogy
510 Postmodern Performance
518 Problems in Research