Chrystal S. Johnson is Associate Professor of Social Studies Education in the College of Education at Purdue University and Past President of African American Educators for Social Studies and the Indiana Council for the Social Studies. She has served as Program Chair and Treasurer for the College and University Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies. Currently, she serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Charters and School Choice AERA SIG. Her scholarly contributions in the fields of character education, citizenship development, and the social studies have been published in top-tier journals. Her current research interests focus on race, culturally consonant pedagogy, character development, civic education, and schools of choice. Her conference presentations have addressed Black youth civic engagement perspectives in an era of Black Lives Matter, apparent differences in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) civics results between charter schools, private schools, and traditional public schools, and issues concerning identity and motivation in character and citizenship development. Professor Johnson along with Dr. Jennifer Sdunzik and Dr. Akua Akuffo are collaborating on several manuscripts that address school choice decisions among traditionally marginalized populations. She currently teaches social studies methods in the elementary and secondary programs as well as theories and trends in curriculum and instruction in the online master’s program.
Kong, N. Bynum, C., Johnson, C. S., Szudnik, J. & Qin, X. (2017). Leveraging geospatial technology for African American history education. College and Undergraduate Libraries Journal, 24, 2-4.
Johnson, C.S. & Hinton, H. (2018). A morality of inclusion: A theoretical argument for culturally consonant character. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 20(1), 73-86.
Johnson, C.S. & Hinton, H. (2019). Toward a brilliant diversity. Journal of Culture and Values, 2(1), 56-70.
Johnson, C.S., Sdunzik, J., Bynum, C., Kong, N., & Qin, X. (2019). Learning about culture together: Enhancing educators’ cultural competence through collaborative teacher study groups. Professional Development in Education, DOI: 1080/19415257.2019.1696873
Johnson, C.S., Qin, X, & Hinton, H. (2020). The civic efficacy of charter schools: A literature review. Journal of School Choice, DOI: 1080/15582159.2020.1718956
Johnson, C.S. (2014). A critical care ethic. In P. Orelus and R. Brock (Eds.), The Soul of Critical Pedagogy (pp. 125-148). New York: Peter Lang.
Johnson, C.S. & Hinton, H. (2016). Creating culturally relevant community of learners and educators (CRCLE). In K. Gonzalez & R. Frumkin (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Effective Communication in Culturally Diverse Classrooms (pp. 40-65). New York: IGI-Global.
Johnson, C.S. & Sdunzik, J. (in press). Working the Democracy: The Long fight for the Ballot from Ida to Stacey. Social Education Special Issue on 19th
Johnson, C.S., Hinton, H., Ibriga, H., & Qin, X. (in press). Training men: The Student Athlete Leadership Academy (SALA). Journal of Negro Education.
Johnson, C.S. & Bynum, C. (in press). Do Black lives matter? In J. Moore (Ed.) Teaching the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1977-Present.
Johnson, C.S., Sdunzik, J., & Qin, X. (in press). Step into my world: The care pedagogy of a Black male teacher. In C. Gist and T. Bristol (Eds.) AERA Handbook of Research on Teachers of Color.
Johnson, C.S. (2016). Preparing the anti-citizen: Rethinking race and civic identity in urban spaces. Paper presented at the International Conference on Urban Education. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Johnson, C.S., Maeda, Y., & Hinton, H. (2019). Comparing Black youth civic achievement in traditional public schools and charter schools in a post-truth era. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association. Toronto, Canada.
Johnson, C.S., Maeda, Y., & Hinton, H. (2019). Unchartered Waters: Comparing the civic achievement of traditional public schools and charter schools in a post-truth era. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association. Toronto, Canada.
Johnson, C.S. & Maeda, Y. (2019). A policy for civic achievement: Examining the civic efficacy of charter schools. . Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL.
Johnson, C.S. & Maeda, Y. (2019). Professional Learning + Civic Educators= Civic Achievement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL.
Johnson, C.S. & Maeda, Y. (2020). Schools of Choice, Counter Publics, and the Public Good. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association. San Francisco, CA.