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Johnson, Greg B Associate Professor

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Research

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  • Johnson’s research focuses upon contemporary indigenous religious traditions, especially as expressed in episodes of legal struggle. In particular, Johnson explores repatriation and reburial disputes in American Indian and Hawaiian contexts as a means to understand the ways religious claims are announced, enlivened, and contested in the contemporary moment. Johnson explores intra-communal tensions and religious differences in moments of intense friction to illuminate how such episodes animate cultural life and generate or amplify religious sensibilities. Beyond repatriation, Johnson’s research focuses upon indigenous subsistence strategies, sacred land issues, religious life in prisons, and the cultural politics of sovereignty struggles.

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  • indigenous religious traditions, Native American traditions, Native Hawaiian traditions, repatriation and reburial, method and theory in the study of religion

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Teaching

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  • ETHN 2703 - American Indian Religious Traditions
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduces religions of the peoples indigenous to the Americas. Concerns include ritual, mythology and symbolism occurring throughout these cultures in such areas as art, architecture, cosmology, shamanism, sustenance modes, trade and history. Same as RLST 2700.
  • ETHN 6841 - Advanced Directed Readings in Ethnic Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    This is a graduate level directed readings course designed to expand student knowledge in a particular area of concentration with a broad interdisciplinary and comparative framework. These areas of concentration include work in Africana, American Indian, Asian American, Chicana and Chicano and Transnational/Hemispheric ethnic studies. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • RLST 2700 - American Indian Religious Traditions
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduces religions of the peoples indigenous to the Americas. Concerns include ritual, mythology and symbolism occurring throughout these cultures in such areas as art, architecture, cosmology, shamanism, sustenance modes, trade and history. Same as ETHN 2703.
  • RLST 4810 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Students write an honors thesis based on independent research under the direction of a faculty member. Required for students who elect departmental honors.
  • RLST 6830 - Introduction to the Academic Study of Religion
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduction to the graduate academic study of religion through the exploration of contemporary models and issues that demonstrate the nature and future of the field. Students prepares a profile of intended area of research.
  • RLST 6945 - Portfolio: Non-Thesis Option
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Course work finished or in the last semester. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours.

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