Michael P. Johnson

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


Michael P. Johnson (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Women’s Studies, and African and African American Studies at Penn State, where he taught sociology and women’s studies for over thirty years and was designated an Alumni Teaching Fellow, Penn State’s highest teaching award. He is an internationally recognized expert on domestic violence, invited to speak at conferences and universities throughout the United States and around the world.

His current research focuses on the implications of differentiating among types of violence in intimate relationships, and he consults regularly with community organizations and government agencies regarding domestic violence policy. He is widely published in scholarly journals, and his major work on domestic violence is presented in A Typology of Domestic Violence: Intimate Terrorism, Violent Resistance, and Situational Couple Violence (Northeastern University Press, 2008). Recent papers can be found in the professional link above.


My Definition of Feminism*

You're a feminist if you believe that (1) men are privileged relative to women, (2) that's not right, and (3) you're going to do something about it, even if it's only in your personal life.

*We haven’t reached post-feminism yet (Johnson, 2010).