Dr. Darius Johnson is a practitioner-scholar and is currently a Dean’s Scholar in the Educational Leadership and Policy program at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. Darius obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education at Michigan State University. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, where he received a B.A. in music. He also holds an M.A. in musicology from Washington University in St. Louis, and a M.A.T. in elementary education from National-Louis University in Chicago. His research interests focus on issues of race, equity, and culture in education, academic and social justice-oriented identity formation of students of color, and the use of critical literacy and critical pedagogical practices in out-of-school contexts. In the summer of 2015, he traveled to Cuba to study aspects of the Cuban education system as a MSU College of Education Enhancement of Global Understanding Fellow. He also joined the E-SToPP team as a 2015 Southern Education Leadership Initiative Fellow. He is now a member of E-SToPP’s Advisory Board.