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Dr. Latrise Johnson

Associate Professor of English Language Arts and Literacy
Curriculum and Instruction
Lucy Hall 103

Areas of Expertise

  • Writing practice and instruction
  • Secondary ELA teaching/learning
  • Teaching African American learners


Ph.D., Educational Studies, Emory University
M.Ed., Middle Grades Education, Georgia State University
B.A., English Language and Literature, Morris Brown College


  • 2023 Research in the Teaching of English Reviewer Award
  • 2020 Alan C. Purves Award 
  • 2020 Capstone Hero Award
  • 2018 Alan C. Purves Award


Latrise P. Johnson is writer, scholar, mother, teacher, and intellectual. She works as an Associate Professor of Secondary English Language Arts and Literacy at the University of Alabama. She is an equity-oriented scholar whose research examines the literacy practices of historically marginalized youth in and outside of school. Her articles, “Writing the Self: Black Queer Youth Challenge Heteronormative ways of Being in an After-school Writing Club” and “The Human and the Writer: The Promise of a Humanizing Writing Pedagogy for Black Students,” published in Research in the Teaching of English, both received the Alan C. Purves Award (2017/2020) for their impact on literacy education.

She has served as Professor in Residence at a local High School conducting research, teaching classes, sponsoring student groups, and working closely with students and teachers. Dr. Johnson serves the literacy field as Associate Editor of Literacy Research: Theory, Methods, and Practice Journal (LRTMP); as a member of Language Arts editorial board; as Past Chair of English Language Arts Teacher Education (ELATE); and as a member of NCTE’s Executive Committee. She was currently appointed Co-Director of Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color (CNV), a mentor program that aims to work with doctoral candidates and early career postsecondary faculty of color to cultivate their ability to draw from their own cultural and linguistic perspectives as they conceptualize, plan, conduct, write, and disseminate findings from their research.

Before joining the faculty at UA, Dr. Johnson taught middle and high school Language and Literature in Atlanta Public Schools. She enjoys yoga, writing, and helping others to find their writer within.