Christiana Johnson

Christiana Johnson.

Christiana Johnson, BA Student

BA Student

What do you hope to do after graduation, and how do you see your History major preparing you for that goal?

After graduation I plan to attend law school. My studies in history have improved my writing skills, something required of a law student, but they have also prepared me for the kind of work I would like to do with my law degree. My focus on African American history at UB has further informed my decision to pursue public interest law and address issues of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex through prison reform.   

What has been your favorite class or experience so far?

My favorite course in the history department was a special topics history course that studied the history of crime, punishment and imprisonment in the United States, and how each of these things relate to African American history. The course dealt with complex themes and encouraged students to think critically about modern race relations in the United States.

What are your favorite history spots in the Buffalo area?

I would definitely recommend the Colored Musicians Club: it’s a great museum, and still an active jazz club, that explores Buffalo’s rich musical history. The museum is a great place to learn about famous African American jazz musicians, such as Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as local musicians, whose careers and personal lives intersected in Buffalo.

If you could have dinner with one famous historical person, who would it be?

I would have to choose Richard Wright, his impressive writings and memoirs have made a significant impact on my studies and have encouraged me to understand historical narratives in multiple dimensions.