Dr. Christopher L. Johnson was an independent scholar who served as Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Media at Eugene Lang College, and Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School University in New York City. He held a doctorate in American Studies from NYU. Dr. Johnson had been a Fulbright Senior Scholar teaching and doing research at the University of Münster, Germany, and a Research Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. He was also an accomplished musician, playing drums, saxophone, and the flute.
Dr. Johnson’s book, Musicians’ Migratory Patterns: The African Drum as Symbol in Early America has been published posthumously by Routledge in 2020. An excerpt from the book is a TEDx Hudson presentation, “How banning the African Drum gave Birth to American Music.” http://sites.bu.edu/afammusicworldculture/speakers/chris-johnson/