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Kirk Johnson

Assistant Professor, Justice Studies

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Dr. Kirk A Johnson (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies and Medical Humanities. He received his BA in Religious Studies from Seton Hall University, 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. 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 to 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 the co-host of the "Bioethics in the Margins" podcast series. He is an ordained clergy in the United Church of Christ (UCC) where he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the UCC's Central Atlantic Conference, Secretary of the UCC Central Atlantic Conference’s New Jersey Association, a member of the Summit Interfaith Council Anti-Racism Committee, and creator of the “Race Talk: Origins” and “Race Talk: Systems” courses.

Courses Offered at MSU:
JUST 205 Perspectives on Justice Studies
JUST 209 Environmental Crime
JUST 314 Environmental Justice
JUST 398 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Seminar
JUST 497 Senior Seminar & Internship
MEDH 101 Introduction to Medical Humanities
MEDH 491 Medical Humanities Capstone
RELG 221 Religion and Culture
RELG 100 Religions of the World
RELG 232 Body and Soul
RELG 386/HONP 301 Religion and Race


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