Shari Lynn Johnson

Shari Johnson, MSW, ACSW, pronouns she/her/hers & prefers to be called professor shari by students, is both a social worker & linguistic anthropologist by educational training. She completed both her graduate education experiences at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she was born & lived for nearly 50 years.

professor shari’s higher education experience includes nearly two decades of creating & teaching many undergraduate and graduate social work courses, primarily in the areas of aging, diversity, race, social justice, and Queer studies at several universities in the states of Michigan, Massachusetts & Minnesota.

Some of her research interests include anti-Blackness, politics of race & sizeism/anti-fatness & pleasure activism. In addition to her teaching & research experiences in higher education, professor shari has held several positions in faculty development & student affairs.

For the past five years, professor shari has also enjoyed spending her summers teaching similar course content for the Smith College SSW, George Washington University’s LGBTQ health policy summer residency program & Simmons University’s MPH@Simmons Boston Immersion experience.

Prior to this, professor shari developed & taught cultural anthropology courses & social work continuing education/professional development workshops while also owning a private practice working alongside older adults coming out later in life.

professor shari currently lives in the Midwest with an ever-increasing collection of YA novels featuring magical Black girls, mermaids, & Afro-futurism. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, consuming all things related to Star Trek, responding to her ever-growing consultant business, putting to paper the memoir which has been living in her head for over a decade & continuing her love for teaching as an adjunct instructor for the CUSSW since 2021.