Violet Showers Johnson is Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies. A naturalized American, Johnson's international personal and academic background has shaped much of her work as a teacher and scholar. She focuses on race, ethnicity and immigration, African American history, African history, and the history of the African Diaspora.
- Ph.D. in History, Boston College - (Boston, Massachusetts, United States) 1992
- M.A. in American History, University of New Brunswick - (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada) 1983
- B.A. in Honours in History, University of Sierra Leone - (Freetown, Sierra Leone) 1979
- Johnson, V (2019). The State of American Studies at the University of Sierra Leone. Newsletter of the Association of American Studies in Africa. 1(1), 12-15.
- Johnson, V. S (2016). When Blackness Stings: African and Afro-Caribbean Immigrants, Race, and Racism in Late Twentieth-Century America. Journal of American Ethnic History. 36(1), 31-62.
- Johnson, V (2011). Fostering or Surrogate Mothering as an Immigration Tool: The Making of Transnational West Indian Families in the First Half of the Twentieth Century. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. 2(2), 196-207.
- Showers Johnson, V (2009). Recreating Sustainable Communities in Exile: Leadership Roles of Sierra Leonean Refugee and Internally Displaced Women in Freetown, London, and Atlanta. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review. 5(5), 287-300.
- Johnson, V (2008). "What, then, is the African American?" African and Afro-Caribbean identities in black America. Journal of American Ethnic History. 28(1), 77-103.
- Halter, M., & Johnson, V. S (2014). African & American West Africans in Post-Civil Rights America. NYU Press.
- Johnson, V. S (2006). The other black Bostonians: West Indians in Boston, 1900-1950.
- Johnson, V (2013). Meddling in the American dilemma: Race, migrations, and identities from an Africana transnational perspective. Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping the Nation's Immigration Story. 157-174.