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Bethany Johnson, MPhil, MA

Professor Johnson is an Instructor for the Department of History, Associate Member to the Graduate Faculty for the Department of Communication Studies, and Associate Faculty for the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She specializes in American medical and gender history. Her publications have appeared in Health Communication, Women & Language, and Women’s Reproductive Health; her auto-ethnographic work appeared in Departures in Critical Qualitative Research. In 2016, she discussed her research as a guest of “Charlotte Talks” on National Public Radio (NPR).

Photo Credit: Lynn Roberson, UNC Charlotte

As an academic 

Selected Publications

Selected Scholarly Book Reviews 

    Kentucky Historical Society   |  North Carolina Historical Review     |   Ohio Valley History   


Selected Invited Lectures/Panels

Issues Researching (In)fertility

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Gendered Bodies in Health Communication: Twilight Sleep 

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Women's History Month Panel

Central Piedmont Community College; Charlotte, NC

Beauty from a Cross-Cultural Perspective

Central Piedmont Community College; Charlotte, NC

Infertility Research: Praxis and Embodiment

Davidson College; Davidson, NC 


Selected Scholarly Service Work

 Academy   |   University of North Carolina at Charlotte   | Community 

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Competitive Paper Award (2017)

Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender

As an educator

Honors and Awards

Feminist Teacher-Mentor Award (2017)

Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender

Courses Taught

LBST 2101: The History of Epidemics in the Western World

LBST 2102: Surviving: Women and Children in the Western World

HIST 1161: US History Since 1877

HIST 2000: "Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic:" Early American Medicine, 1650-1850

HIST 2151: US Women's History Since 1877

HST 357: Women in American History

HST 113: World Civilizations I

HST 114: World Civilizations II

INT 112: Foundations for Excellence

Mentoring and Supervision

|  21 Undergraduate Student Independent Studies &Internships  | 

|  13 Graduate Student Independent Studies & Research Assistantships  |  


Professional Affiliations

Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

Organization of American Historians

Organization for Research on Women and Communication

Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender

As a consultant 

"Empowering Infertility," Inner Peace Acupuncture of Charlotte, NC

Advised Adrienne Wei, L.Ac, Mstom FABORM, on the structure and content for modules in an online course, including citation, relevant sources, editing,

and integrating multiple learning styles for online learners. 

Qualitative Data Analyst, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Performed analysis of qualitative data on practitioner-patient communication in REI settings, coding and metaphor study.

A Beautiful Remedy, Documentary Film

Film awarded National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Ohio Valley Chapter Emmy Award in 2014

Sound and Story Project, Nyack Library of Nyack, NY

Digitally archived and transcribed a series of interviews taken over 30 years. The Hudson Valley Heritage Project: "Voices of the Hudson River Valley."


Master of Philosophy, Development Studies

The Centre for Development Studies, University of Glasgow; Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Master of Arts, American Studies

The New School for Social Research, New School University; New York, NY

Bachelor of Arts, History

Nyack College; Nyack, NY