Join CLAGS in honoring Dr. E. Patrick Johnson, our 31st annual recipient. The David R. Kessler Award is given every year to a scholar and/ or activist who has produced a substantive body of work that has had a significant influence on the field of LGBTQ Studies.
E. Patrick Johnson is Dean of the School of Communication and Annenberg University Professor at Northwestern University.
A member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Johnson’s work has greatly impacted Black Queer Studies, African American Studies, Performance Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies.
He is the author of several books, including Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (2003); Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History (2008); Black. Queer. Southern. Women.—An Oral History (2018); Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women (2019), in addition to a number of edited and co-edited collections, essays, and plays.