Scholar & Artist

E. Patrick Johnson is Dean of the School of Communication and Annenberg University Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. He is a 2020 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A pioneer in the formation and codification of Black sexuality studies as a field of study in the academy. Unique in his ability to blur the line between traditional modes of scholarly and artistic production. The author of several books, including Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (2003); Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History (2008); Black. Queer. Southern. Women.—An Oral History (2018); Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women (2019), in addition to a number of edited and co-edited collections, essays, and plays.


April 14, 2023

Black Queer Studies: A Genealogy. Masterclass at Duke University, Durham, NC

June 19, 2022

Making Sweet Tea, screening at Juneteenth Tea for Two with Mickee Faust

May 28, 2022

Documentary Film Screening & Q&A: MAKING SWEET TEA, ICA Conference, Paris

May 10, 2022

Rethinking Popular Performance: A Symposium on Race, Media, and Visual Culture, University of Oregon

April 19-23, 2022

March 31, 2022

Frederick Douglass Medal recipient ceremony, University of Rochester

March 30, 2022

“HoneyPot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women” Book reading & signing, VCU

February 24, 2022

“Camp Revival: Queering Gender and Sexuality in the Black Church,” Duke University

February 22, 2022

Reading and Q&A of Honeypot – FSU

February 15, 2022

Dialogue with the Dean: Heather Headley