Ph.D., University of Alabama, 2016
M.A., University of Maryland, 2011
B.A., Purdue University, 2009
Mark A. Johnson, from Milwaukee, graduated in 2016 with a Ph.D. in History from the University of Alabama. Previously, he earned an M.A. from the University of Maryland and B.A. from Purdue University. Before joining the UTC faculty, he worked as a Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University.
He specializes in the history of the United States and, specifically, the U.S. South. In 2017, he published a book with The History Press on the subject of Alabama barbecue. He previously published articles in Southern Cultures and Louisiana History on the subject of black performance and politics in the Jim Crow era.
Currently, he is working with the University of Missisippi Press on his forthcoming book "The Best Notes Made the Most Votes": Race, Politics, and Spectacle in the South, 1877-1932.
United States History to 1865
United States History since 1865
2012 University of Alabama International Education / Research Enrichment Travel Grant
2012 Course de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne Certificat de Langue Francaise
2011 Virginia Tech University Bertoti Conference Best Paper Prize
“The Best Notes Made the Most Votes”: Race, Politics, and Spectacle in the South, 1877-1932. Oxford: University of Mississippi Press, forthcoming.
An Irresistible History of Alabama Barbecue: From Wood Pit to White Sauce. Charleston: The History Press, 2017.
“‘A Red Flag before an Army of Old Vets’: Black Musicians and the United Confederate Veterans Reunion in New Orleans, 1903.” Louisiana History vol. 56 (Summer 2015): 315-343.
“‘The Best Notes Made the Most Votes’: W.C. Handy, E.H. Crump, and Black Music as Politics.” Southern Cultures vol. 20 (Summer 2014): 52-68.
Conference & Presentation Highlights
“’Freedom Which Knew No Restraint’: Political Barbecues and the Anti-Barbecue Movement of Madison County, Alabama.” Madison County Women’s Democrats. Huntsville, Ala. August 2019.
"'A Red Flag before an Army of Old Vets': Black Musicians and the United Confederate Veterans Reunion in New Orleans, 1903." Historicizing the Present University of Virginia Conference. Charlottesville, Va. Spring 2013.
"'The Best Notes Made the Most Votes': W. C. Handy, E. H. Crump, and Black Music as Politics." Virginia Tech University's Bertoti Conference. Blacksburg, Va. Spring 2011.
Southern Historical Association