Welcome to the Team!

The James B. Duke Memorial Library is very pleased to announce that in April a new employee joined our team. Help us extend a hearty welcome to our newest team member: Dr. Tekla Ali Johnson!


Dr. Tekla Ali Johnson

Dr. Tekla Ali Johnson

Dr. Johnson joined us on Monday, April 15th as the Instructional Electronic Resources Librarian, responsible for managing the collection and maintenance of electronic resources for the library, including vendor relationship for ordering, processing invoices, maintaining and reporting data usage and will promote the Library’s Open Education Resources initiative at JCSU. Dr. Johnson will also be responsible for promoting and providing information literacy instructional services to students, faculty and staff, and assist in designing and developing learning modules for online and self-paced learning.

Dr. Johnson earned a Ph.D. in history with an emphasis in African American Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. There she studied World System Theory, Africology and Kawaida Methodology at the Black Studies Department at UNO. Dr. Johnson taught Africana Studies at North Carolina A & T State University and here at Johnson C. Smith University. From 2010-2014 She taught Africana Studies, Public History, and Women’s History at Salem College for Women in Winston, Salem N.C.

During a sabbatical at Emory University, Dr. Johnson participated in the symposium for Alice Walker’s dedication of her papers.  After that experience, she added libraries and archives to her career goals and earned her MLIS Degree in 2015. Since then, she has served alternatively as Archivist, Community Archivist, and/or Archival consultant on a wide range of projects and with a variety of organizations and community groups.

Dr. Johnson’s first book, “Free Radical: Ernest Chambers, Black Power, and the Politics of Race” earned a national book award from the National Council of Black Studies in 2013, and a State Book award from Nebraska the same year. Johnson’s research focus is social justice issues in the United States, and she is particularly interested in racial imagination as it relates to oppression and resistance matrices. Current research includes the mid-west chapter of the Black Panther Party, and social movements as an interregional phenomenon. She is currently co-authoring a manuscript entitled Forgotten Comrades.

Dr. Johnson’s office is located on the first floor of the library (room 108), so stop by and say hello!

We’re excited to see Dr. Johnson apply her experience to help expand and support the work of the James B. Duke Memorial Library!