Amber Gayle Johnson

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
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Amber Gayle Johnson is a first year Ph.D. Student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, studying the History and Sociology of Technology and Science. 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 current interests include an analysis of African American and Afro-German women's HERstories, their experiences and documented experiences and practices of the Afro-German people. Although these two projects may seems completely unrelated, they both analyze the politics that silence and misrecognize Afro-Germans and black girls alike. 

  • 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
Research Fields:
  • Communication
  • German
  • Global Cities and Urban Society
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Studies Abroad
  • Europe
  • Gender
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • African Studies
  • Citizenship Studies
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Diaspora Studies
  • Education
  • Feminism
  • History and Memory
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Language and Popular Culture