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Tekla Agbala Ali Johnson

Assistant Professor of History


  1. B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Nebraska- Lincoln


Dr. Johnson is from Omaha, Nebraska. She chose to teach at Salem because she supports the mission of a women’s college and she was drawn by the progressive nature of the faculty, especially concerning topics such as race and ethnicity.

She believes that a women’s college allows women to develop intellectually without the hindrances of gender scripting that can sometimes occur in educational settings.

Dr. Johnson has recently started to travel internationally, beginning with her trip last year to Trinidad. However, it was during the Anti-Apartheid movement that occurred during her undergraduate days when she began to expand her mind and think globally. Her global awareness was further broadened by Andre Gunder Frank who taught her world systems theory in a graduate seminar at her alma mater, the University of Nebraska.

She is the author of Free Radical: Ernest Chambers, Black Power, and the Politics of Race.

On Salem campus she serves as an Academic Advisor in the Signature Program. She is a supporter of BADU and would like to be further involved with the organization this upcoming year.

For students contemplating entering the history discipline she would encourage you to come aboard! She believes that her department is filled with four excellent scholars who are also warm and dynamic teachers. She believes that students who are open to exploring the world will find friendly faculty in her department.

In her free time she enjoys swimming, dancing, walking and listening to jazz.

Favorite quote:

Paraphrasing Audre Lorde “ When I dare to be Powerful, To put my strength in the service of my Vision, then it is no longer important whether I am afraid.”

Favorite books:

Paul Robeson’s, Here I Stand; Beverly Guy Sheftall’s anthology Words of Fire, and Assata Shakur’s Autobiography Assata