Jason Johnson received his Ph.D. in modern European history with a specialization in German history from Northwestern University. He spent a year in Berlin on a Fulbright Fellowship.
His book Divided Village: The Cold War in the German Borderlands (2017) centers on the German community Mödlareuth divided by the Iron Curtain. He is also a member of an international research team with 25 other scholars titled Alltagsgeschichte26 which has produced a book Ruptures in the Everyday: Views of Modern Germany from the Ground (2017). Johnson’s other recent publications include “‘An Ugly Piece of Work’: Cold War Conflict on the German Frontline” (2017) and “‘Wild and Fearsome Hours’: The First Year of US Occupation of a Bavarian County, 1945–1946” (2018). He has forthcoming publications on cultural exchange between the United States and East Germany and on tourism to Berlin during the Cold War.
Johnson teachers a variety of courses at Trinity on Modern European history, including ones on the Holocaust, World War II, European borders, dictatorships, and the Cold War. He serves as the secretary of Trinity's Faculty Senate and is the university's adviser and coordinator for the Fulbright Program. He is vice president of Trinity's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Johnson is a co-founder and coordinator of Trinity’s Jewish Studies Cluster, coordinator of the History Department's student essay prize competition, co-founder and coordinator of the Trinity-UTSA-Texas A&M San Antonio History Research Workshop, and a member of the advisory board of Trinity's IMPACT magazine which features scholarly and creative works of faculty and staff at Trinity.
In 2019, he received Trinity’s early career faculty award for distinguished teaching and research. Johnson is also the distinguished scholar-in-residence at the San Antonio Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Ph.D., Northwestern University
M.A., Northwestern University
B.A. University of Tennessee
"Struggles in 'the Stronghold of World Imperialism': East German "People's Friendship" as Nontraditional Diplomacy in the United States, 1961-1989," German Politics and Society, Summer 2019
Divided Village: The Cold War in the German Borderlands, New York: Routledge, 2017
"‘Wild and fearsome hours’: The First Year of the US Occupation in a Bavarian County, 1945-1946,” German Studies Review, 2018
Ruptures of the Everyday: Views of Modern Germany from the Ground, book by Alltagsgeschichte26 (Everyday History Research Team with 25 other scholars), New York: Berghahn Books, 2017
‘An ugly piece of work’: Cold War Conflict on the German Frontline,” in Perspectives on Conflict, Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University, 2017