E. Patrick Johnson, associate professor of performance studies and director of the department's graduate studies program, is the recipient of the Martin Duberman Fellowship for his book project, "Sweet Tea: An Oral History of Black Gay Men of the South."
The fellowship from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) in honor of its founder, Martin Duberman, is awarded to a senior scholar doing research on the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer experience.
Johnson's research interests include black gay vernacular traditions, performance ethnography, queer performance and sexuality studies. Since 1999 he has toured his one-man show, “Strange Fruit,” an autobiographical meditation on race, gender, sexuality and regionalism.
Johnson, who also holds an appointment in the department of African American studies, has authored "Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity" and co-edited "Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology."