I’m Adam Johnson, an anthropologist. I completed Bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Philosophy at East Carolina University (ECU); a Master’s degree in Anthropology at University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC); and completing a PhD in Anthropology at University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).
My faculty appointments include a lectureship at UNCC (2017-present) and adjunct appointments at CPCC (2018-2019) and NVC (2019-present).
My previous research includes social boundary policing in a Drag Queen community in rural North Carolina; time budgeting and allocare in captive chimpanzees (at the North Carolina Zoo); female social relationships in rhesus macaques (Ocala National Forest, Florida); science, racism, and inequality.
I am currently designing a project in collaboration with the Cofán people of Ecuadorian Amazon. I hope to study the ways in which humans and other animals construct landscapes together and how these spaces mediate multispecies relations and create new kinds of possibilities. I have also been collecting data along public greenways in San Antonio, TX on how the space creates new kinds of possibilities between people that use the greenways and snakes that also utilize the space.
The goal of this website is to provide space for me to apply anthropological thinking across the news, pop-culture, science, pop-science, film, music, video games, and anything else that catches my fancy.
Anthropological thinking goes well beyond the scholarly realm and is an essential skill for everyday life. Thinking holistically, non-reductively, and culturally relative allows for a nuanced perspective of the world and, I believe, can lead to better science and a better world.