DEPARTMENT: CJP - Center for Justice & Peacebuilding
POSITION: Assistant Professor
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | MS 102
PHONE: (540) 432-4461
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.
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).
“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.
“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.
“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.