BA in History, Erskine College
MA in Egyptian Art and Archaeology, The University of Memphis
MA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago
MA in Biblical Studies, Harding School of Theology
PhD in History (Ancient Egypt), The University of Memphis
Dr. Kevin Johnson has strong ties to Lakeland and Southeastern University, having grown up in the area until he left to pursue his bachelor’s degree in history from Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina. While at Erskine, he began to pursue his academic interest in ancient Egyptian history, building on his bachelor’s history with additional graduate work in art history and biblical studies before completing his doctorate in history from The University of Memphis. Before joining Southeastern University, he taught at The University of Memphis and Arkansas State University-Beebe.
Dr. Johnson’s research agenda centers on the late-19th and early-20th-century dynasties, a pivotal point in Egyptian history. Within the context of this period, he has addressed the global issues of legitimacy, political machinations of figures behind the throne and problems of succession and transition of power. Additionally, he was the lead author of an article published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Egyptian History and the popular-level book “The Names of the Kings of Egypt. “
In addition to his work in the classroom, Dr. Johnson has led a number of academic tours to Egypt, primarily in Cairo and Luxor, and worked an archaeological season for the University of Arizona at the mortuary temple of one of Egypt’s few female rulers, Tausret.
Dr. Johnson is interested in the ancient world and how that world intersects with biblical history and teaches various courses that explore this area of study. He also teaches both halves of the Western Civilization survey, courses in ancient history and medieval history.
Ultimately, Dr. Johnson believes that Christian colleges such as Southeastern are in a unique position to go beyond the aims of secular universities, providing an educational system that allows students to follow the tenets set out by Jesus in Matthew 22:37: “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all your soul, and with all of your mind.” Most Christians have no problem loving God with their hearts and souls. It is also important that they be transformed by the renewing of minds as an act of worship for God’s glory (Romans 12:2).
Dr. Johnson lives with his wife and two daughters in Lakeland, Florida.