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Kirk Johnson

Assistant Professor, Justice Studies

Dickson Hall
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Dr. Kirk A Johnson teaches courses in Justice Studies, Medical Humanities, Bioethics, Global Issues, and Religion. Preferred pronouns are he/him/his. He received his Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Drew Theological School and his Doctorate in Medical Humanities (DMH) from Drew University. He is a member of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and The New York Academy of Medicine. He serves as a member of the Atlantic Health Systems Bioethics Committee, former Assistant Director of the Medical Humanities program at Drew University, and fellow emeritus of The American Heart Association’s Multicultural Initiatives Leadership Fellowship Program.

Dr. Johnson has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and upcoming contributions in numerous books. His recent books are "The Anti-Racism Resource Guide Volume One: Supporting Black Businesses and Economics" (Peculiar Capital, 2020) and “Medical Stigmata: Race, Medicine, and the Pursuit of Theological Liberation” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). He is an ordained clergy in the United Church of Christ (UCC), Secretary of the UCC Central Atlantic Conference’s New Jersey Association, a member in the Summit Interfaith Council, and creator of the “Race Talk: Origins” and “Race Talk: Systems” courses.

Courses Offered at MSU:
JUST 205 Perspectives on Justice Studies
MEDH 101 Introduction to Medical Humanities
RELG 221 Religion and Culture
RELG 100 Religions of the World
RELG 232 Body and Soul
RELG 386 Religion and Race


Religion and Medicine
Race and Medicine
Health Disparities
Physician-Patient Relationship