Amber Gayle Johnson

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
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Amber Gayle Johnson is a second-year Ph.D. Student studying History. She aspires to create spaces where young women have a voice to document their own HERstories. She believes that the powers of storytelling and story sharing, through written and digital communication forms, bring about change and healing. Her goal is to work to break barriers of global education, history course miseducation and provide opportunities for underrepresented students to use their communication skills for storytelling and a chance to become intercultural communicators. Language and writing have always been important to her, and she believes that when you have the gift to share your thoughts and experiences through literature and writing, then you can connect and change the world.

Her research interests focus on the historical intersections of race, gender, class, and inequality in the United States and Germany. Her current research focuses on the intersecting histories of African Americans and Afro-Germans, and their (un)documented experiences and practices. 

  • Spelman College - B.A. Women's Studies & German
Awards and
  • 2016 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Recipient
  • 2017 Women of Excellence Leadership (WEL) Series class of 2017
  • 2017 HBCU Top 30 Under 30(#25)
  • 2017 Who Are We News – Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst(DAAD)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology 2018 Focus Scholar
  • 2018 Georgia Institute of Technology Presidents Fellow
  • 2018 Georgia Institute of Technology Herbert P. Haley Fellow
  • 2019 Laura Bassi Scholar
Research Fields:
  • Communication
  • German
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • Studies Abroad
  • Europe
  • United States
  • Gender
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • African Studies
  • Citizenship Studies
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Diaspora Studies
  • Education
  • Feminism
  • History and Memory
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Language and Popular Culture