Christal Johnson

Christal Johnson

Assistant Teaching Professor

  • Public Relations

Contact Information

Office Location

517 Newhouse 1


  • Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
  • M.J. University of North Texas
  • B.J. University of Missouri-Columbia

Christal R.S. Johnson earned a doctoral degree in strategic communication from the University of Oklahoma. Before joining Newhouse, she worked as an assistant professor at Howard University. At Newhouse, she teaches PR Research, Social Media Analytics, Thesis Preparation Seminar, and Hip Hop & Media.

Johnson's research interests include strategic communication, health messages, identity and underrepresented audiences. She is also interested in studying black images in film. Her work appears in Public Relations Inquiry and Rocky Mountain Communication Review journals, and in "The Problematic Tyler Perry."

She is also a licensed financial coach where she empowers her community with financial literacy and helps families develop a plan for financial freedom. Her motto: Educate. Empower. Mobilize.

Johnson volunteers as a Children’s Church instructor at her church, and, in her free time, thinks about exercising and watches "Judge Judy."