Brooke Johnson is a member of the class of 2022, concentrating in African American Studies with a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Brooke has always had a passion for reading and writing, which has developed into a desire to connect scholarship to the real lived conditions and experiences of the communities it engages. In her time at Princeton, the African American Studies Department has offered numerous deeply impactful opportunities to wrestle with academia, and Brooke is grateful for all of her time spent here. Brooke's research interests are wide; her junior year independent work focused on Black women's grief as a radical defining force in the face of state narratives of anti-Black violence.
On campus, Brooke serves as a Residential College Advisor in First College and a member of Ellipses Slam Poetry, Princeton's oldest slam poetry group. She is a former Fellow for the Carl A. Fields Center as well as a former Dialogue and Differences in Action Orientation leader, and she has also worked as a Research Associate in Prof. Ruha Benjamin's Just Data Lab. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in African American Studies and continue to contribute to scholarly work in the field.