a smiling picture of Bradley Johnson, outdoors with a Rice building in the background

My research focuses on religion, politics, and ecology in southern Africa. Specifically, my dissertation deals with the ethical and theological dimensions of the recent water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa, through the perspectives of several Christian communities based around the city. More broadly, I am interested in how religion interacts with, supports, or critiques capitalism, the roles that millenarian movements and apocalyptic thought play in religious history, and how religious communities (particularly Christians) are coming to terms with climate breakdown in the Anthropocene/Capitalocene. I also enjoy healthy doses of science fiction, cli-fi, and African fiction.

Specialization:
African Religion and Global Christianity

Academic History:
M.A., Wake Forest University, 2012
B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010