Michael P. Johnson

Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Women's Studies, and African and African American Studies


Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. 

~Faith Whittlesey

Photos: Family and Friends over the Years

Photos: Travel

Photos: Backpacking

Backpacking Memoirs


Quintessential man of mystery, Mike is loved by many but known by few. After devoting decades to the education and edification of young minds, he now divides his time between domestic violence research/policy and more conventional pursuits. He is well-read[2], well-traveled[3], a sublime cook[4], and a Sagittarius. He has been known to weep at symphonies. He enjoys dark roasted coffee, fine wine, and pineapple upside down cake, and taught his children to wield kitchen knives long before the age of ten.[5] An avid hiker and birder, Mike was once lucky enough to see an Albert's Lyrebird in the rainforest of Queensland, Australia. Mike continues to live in a particularly pleasant syncline of the folded Appalachians, where he feeds squirrels and daily demonstrates why feminism is cool.


[1] This completely objective biography was written by Mike's daughter. Thanks to her father's tireless efforts she is vastly overeducated; she also has a soft spot in her heart for footnotes.

[2] Mike enjoys mystery novels, science fiction, academic research, food writing, and avant-garde feminist literature. He reads everything his daughter writes, including her dissertation, which is saying a lot. He also has a special place in his heart for the works of Robert B. Parker, but who doesn't?

[3] Freed from the shackles of obligation by retirement, Mike continues to look for opportunities to see the world, preferably with his fabulous partner Maureen. If he can rope his kids and grandchild into coming along, so much the better.

[4] If you can get him to part with his recipe for chili chicken cubes, your life will be richer for it.

[5] Thanks to his excellence as a teacher, guide and all-around sage, this was in no way problematic.