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Doria Dee Johnson was a PhD candidate in U.S. history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Johnson’s scholarly work was closely linked to her familial history. Her great-great grandfather, Anthony Crawford, was lynched in Abbeville, South Carolina in 1916.  Seeking justice Johnson helped successfully press the U.S Senate to apologize for their slowness to enact federal legislation against lynching.  Resolution 39 was passed in June 2005.

Civically engaged, Johnson sat on the United States Senate Steering Committee for the Apology, was recognized for outstanding citizenship by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, served as a Trustee of Shorefront Legacy Center and the Evanston Historical Society, was president and founder of the Roosevelt University History Club, and was awarded the University of Wisconsin Graduate Peer Mentor Award and the Kappa Alpha Psi, Tom W. Schick Scholarship Departmental Award for intellectual vigor, concern for social justice and equality.

Called a ‘change-agent’ by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and as an international lecturer, she bore witness and participated in human rights initiatives in Palestine, Israel, South Africa, Europe, Sri Lanka, Chicago, Ferguson and Cuba.



Great Migration

University of Wisconsin

Candidate for Ph.D. in United States History

Major: Women and Gender Studies

Minor: African American Arts and Culture, Visual Culture, Critical Race Theory

Dissertation Title: "I'm Not What You Think I Am: African American Women, the Chain Migration and Domestic Service, Evanston, Illinois, 1910-1945"

African American Suburbanization

Oral History and Memory

Lynching and Racialized Violence

University of Wisconsin, May 2009

Master of Arts Degree: African American Studies

Thesis: "Shhh, Big Momma and 'Dem Left Last Night: Shifting Violent Memories, The African American Chain Migration, Abbeville, SC to Evanston, IL 1916-1940"

Labor, Critical Race, Black Feminist

and Womanist Theory

Roosevelt University, June 2007

Bachelor of General Studies, History

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