Amber Johnson

Amber Johnson
Saint Louis University | SLU

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In this collaborative response, we write and perform against the hegemony of academic canons. We draw on embodied, performative, and poetic means to interrogate canonical prejudice, canonical domination, and canonical exception as they emerge in and are adjacent to our own academic careers. In so doing, we seek to disrupt normative modes of knowled...
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This self-reflexive activity acts as an introduction to how we talk about and express gender identity, as well as the assumptions we may have about gender identity norms and expression. The activity illuminates student’s subconscious behaviors and understandings of gender, pushing them to sit self-reflexively with their own understandings of gender...
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This performative essay is a redrafting and extension of a critical dialogue following a public presentation on the nature and importance of communication studies. The dialogue is framed by using the metaphor of breathing, as it relates to particular links between human communication and communication activist research.
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This autopoetic narrative centers on identity negotiation in a time of crisis and how we learn and unlearn to respond. After compartmentalizing my sensitivity to gun violence, the Orlando Pulse shooting resurrected in me a strong sense of grief, connection and suffering.
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Using autocritography, this essay acts as a critical performance of interracial communication, civil and academic unrest, and theatre during the Grand Jury Hearing for Darren Wilson a year after he murdered Michael Brown in the streets of Ferguson. On the second day of my interview for the intercultural communication professor position at Saint Lou...
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Hypermodal pedagogy is a form of instruction that incorporates multiple modes of media, technology, and physical performance that link to course material and virtual spaces. In this essay and accompanying website, Amber Johnson explains the utility of hypermodal pedagogy, how it fosters civic engagement, and showcases student work across two course...
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This autopoetic response to Sweetwater by Robin M. Boylorn offers praise and a critique of resilience as a an answer to adversity. The author argues that resilience is not enough for black women. Black women must be verbs and maintain a level of strength inn order to transform beyond her circumstances.
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My sexual liberation did not occur until well into my twenties, post bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Between the temporal space of my first sexual experience and liberation is a moment of spiritual identity negotiation within an intraracial relationship with vast intercultural differences, specifically class and religion. In this autopoetic narrat...
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Abstinence for most adolescent-aged college students relates to several factors, including strong religious beliefs, an aversion to taking risks, high career expectations, or limited attractiveness. Young adults receive hundreds of messages from various sources; therefore, understanding their memorable sexual messages is essential. This exploratory...
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This article reports on an exploratory study regarding the memorable message narratives that students attending a U.S. southern historically Black college and university (HBCU) shared as most influential in their current sexual practices. A larger national research project was conducted to generate formative data regarding HBCU student's knowledge...
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This exploratory qualitative research study examined college students’ memorable narratives regarding their first sexual experience, and how those encounters inform current sexual practices. Drawing from a large national data set, the study explores the narratives of 100 women and men who were attending college on one of three diverse U.S. campuses...
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The video vixen holds a special place in American society's underbelly. Good hair, firm breasts, round ass, slim waist, and pouty mouth, she is beautiful according to European and African American standards. She personifies sex. After seeing Case serenade and propose to Beyoncé in his music video “Happily Ever After,” I wanted to be the video vixen...
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This exploratory qualitative research study examined male college students' narratives describing memorable sexual experiences, and how those encounters inform current sexual practices. Drawing from a larger collaborative research project, this study explores the narratives of 130 men who were attending college at one of three diverse US campuses i...
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Antoine Dodson's Black, gay, southern, lower class, seemingly unintelligent identities create space for media to exploit him as a Homo Coon—a sexualized form of the Zip Coon that frames Black, homosexual masculinity negatively, and appropriates a stereotype that denies it authenticity by reducing it to coonery. However, if we see Dodson through a c...
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This exploratory qualitative content analysis examined young adult familial memorable message narratives regarding sex that were described as most influential on sexual activity. More specifically, the study explores the descriptions from 101 participants who were attending college on one of three diverse campuses. From the texts provided, the sour...

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