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Johonna Turner

DEPARTMENT: CJP - Center for Justice & Peacebuilding

POSITION: Assistant Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | MS 102

PHONE: (540) 432-4461

EMAIL: johonna.turner@emu.edu

Johonna Turner is Assistant Professor of Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. For over 15 years, she has worked as part of arts collectives, community organizing coalitions, and other social movement organizations to develop youth leadership, empower disenfranchised people, and cultivate transformational approaches to safety and justice. A thoroughly interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Turner received post-graduate training in U.S. cultural studies, women’s studies, and biblical theology/urban ministry. Her areas of scholarship, practice and teaching include restorative and transformative justice, youth leadership development and organizing, formation for peacebuilders, faith-rooted peacebuilding, and critical race feminism.

Dr. Turner is an innovative educator with experience teaching a wide range of learners in a variety of settings. As an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, she taught undergraduate courses in the departments of American Studies and African-American Studies, as well as the Burns Academy of Leadership. During her tenure with the District of Columbia Public Schools, she served as an afterschool program coordinator for 9th-12 grade students, high school special education English teacher, elementary reading interventionist, and school-wide instructional leader. She has also facilitated classes, workshops, and trainings with institutions ranging from D.C.‘s Latin American Youth Center to the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church.

Professor Turner is a former Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow with the Open Society Institute. She is married to the love of her life, Julian Turner.


BA, University of Missouri
BA, University of Missouri
PHD, University of Maryland


Book Chapters

The New Generation of Restorative Justice (with Carl Stauffer), Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice. ed. Theo Gavrielides. New York: Routledge (In Progress).

Transforming Trauma: Wounded Healing in the Way of Jesus in Making Peace with Faith: The Challenges of Religion and Peacebuilding ed. Michelle Garred and Mohammed Abu-Nimer. Rowman and Littlefield. (Forthcoming, December 2017).

Journal Articles

“The Campaign for Nonviolent Schools: Students Flip the Script on Violence in Philadelphia,” (with Nijimie Dzurinko and Jonathan Stith.) Voices in Urban Education Spring 2011, Number 30.

Encyclopedia Articles

“Anti-Prison Movement.” Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. Eds. Gary Anderson and Kathryn Herr, Sage Publications, 2007.

“Youth Organizing and Activism.” Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. Eds. Gary Anderson and Kathryn Herr, Sage Publications, 2007.

Other Publications

“Help Students Embrace a Justice that Restores” (with Mary Glenn), Part 2 of a 2-part series . _Fuller Youth Institute E-Journal._March 2016.

“Faith Rooted-Practice: Mission with Nothing Left Out.” The Mennonite January 2016. Originally published in PeaceSigns, December 2015.

“Help Students to Embrace a Justice that Restores” Part 1 of a 2-part series. (with Mary Glenn). Fuller Youth Institute E-Journal. June 2015.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • “Restorative Justice and Student Leadership.” (Keynote Address)
    Restorative Justice in Education Academy, Master of Arts in Education Program, EMU Lancaster. Lancaster, PA (July 6, 2017).
  • “Restorative Justice and Student Leadership.” (Keynote Address)
    Restorative Justice in Education Academy, Master of Arts in Education Program, EMU, Harrisonburg, VA. (June 26, 2017.)
  • “Embodied Art and Narrative as Peace Practices: Conflict Transformation through Feminist-Informed Epistemologies and Pedagogies,” (Session Chair)
    Theorizing Linkages and Practicing Solidarity:Feminist Approaches to Conflict Resolution 5th Annual Research Conference, The Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (April 6 – 7, 2017).
  • “Plugging the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” (Invited Panelist)
    University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review Spring 2017 Symposium. University of Miami Law School,_ Miami FL (Friday, March 3, 2017.)
  • “Can Restorative Justice Make Young, Black Lives Matter in Schools?” (Co-presenter)
    Association for Conflict Resolution – Annual Conference, Baltimore, Md. (September 28 – October 1, 2016).
  • Healing in Community (Invited Plenary Speaker).
    Conversations on Sexual Violence: Cultivating Community Resilience, EMU (March 19 2016).
  • “Wrestling with Justice: Restorative Approaches to Relational Harms”
    Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI (February 11 – 13, 2016).
  • Justice from the Margins (Co-presenter)
    Honors Convocation Lecture, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA (November 10, 2015).
  • Vision Is Our Power: A film by and about Black youth ending violence in all its forms (Convenor, facilitator, and co-presenter)
    Peace and Justice Studies Association – Annual Conference, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (October 15 – 17, 2015).