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.

He has additional appointments in the Gender and Sexuality Studies and American Studies programs. A scholar/artist, Johnson performs nationally and internationally and has published widely in the areas of race, gender, sexuality and performance. Johnson is a prolific performer and scholar, and an inspiring teacher, whose research and artistry has greatly impacted African American studies, Performance studies, and Gender and Sexuality studies. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of several award-winning books, including his most recent two: Black. Queer. Southern. Women.—An Oral History (University of North Carolina Press, 2018) and, Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women (Duke UP, 2019). He has received multiple awards for his scholarship, including the Lilla A. Heston Award, the Errol Hill Book Award, Hurston/Wright Legacy Book Finalist, Stonewall Book Award Honor Book, Lambda Literary LGBTQ Studies Book Award Finalist, theRandy Majors Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to LGBT Scholarship in Communication, Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction Finalist,  Lambda Literary LGBTQ Anthology Award Finalist.

Johnson’s performance work dovetails with his written work. His staged reading, “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales” is based on his book, Sweet Tea, and has toured to over 100 college campuses from 2006 to the present, and his full-length stage play, Sweet Tea—The Play, premiered in Chicago and toured to Austin, Texas, Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, Providence, Rhode Island, Durham, North Carolina and the National Black Theater Festival.

Johnson has also received awards for his performance work, including the Leslie Irene Coger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Performance from the National Communication Association, the Bert Williams Award for Best Solo Performance, from the Chicago Black Theater Alliance, and the René Castillo Otto Award for Political Theater.

He is the star and co-executive producer (with John L. Jackson, Jr.) of the documentary, Making Sweet Tea, based on the book and play.

In 2010 he was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.





Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction Finalist.

Awarded by the Publishing Triangle for Black. Queer. Southern. Women.—An Oral History


Lambda Literary Award Finalist in the LGBT Studies Category.

Awarded by the Lambda Literary Foundation for Black. Queer. Southern. Women.—An Oral History


Stonewall Book Award Honor Book.

Awarded by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association for Black. Queer. Southern. Women.—An Oral History Education


Lambda Literary Award Finalist in the LGBT Anthology Category.

Awarded by the Lambda Literary Foundation for No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies


Oscar Brockett Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Awarded by the Association of Theatres in Higher Education


Otto Reneé Castillo Award for Political Theatre

Awarded by the New York-based Castillo Theater to recognize the achievement of individuals and theatre companies who conceive, produce and foster the development of innovative and socially challenging theatre.


Chicago Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Hall of Fame

Awarded by the City of Chicago for outstanding contributions to the LGBT community.


Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance

Awarded by the Performance Studies Division of the National Communication Association.


Esteem Outstanding Service Award 

Awarded by PrideIndex.com for outstanding service to the African American LGBT community.