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Dr. Melanie Johnson

Dr. Melanie Smith Johnson, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Co-Activity Director for Title III program at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA.  Dr. Johnson teaches courses that focus on civic engagement, political participation, local, state and national politics, governance and leadership in higher education, educational policy, diversity in curriculum in higher education, public policy and social justice issues. She has been involved in politics, campaigns and elections for the past 20 years, and was a 2008 candidate for City Council in District 2. Additionally, she has several years of experience in higher education, grant compliance, grant writing/reviewing and workforce development.  Her research interests include examining governance and leadership in higher education, particularly at HBCU’s and developing strategies and techniques for effective change.  She is a graduate of Southern University and A&M College and earned her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.   Dr. Johnson is a strong advocate for empowering not only the students she serves, but the underserved, underrepresented population; and is committed to the physical, social and economic well-being of the local community and the state in which she lives.