Dr. Molly Johnson

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Molly Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, History


Born and raised in Barboursville, West Virginia, Molly studied as an undergraduate at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, where she majored in history and in German. She then completed her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in German and European history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Molly's teaching interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century German and European history, European women's and gender history, methods and historiography, and world history.

Molly's first book, Training Socialist Citizens: Sports and the State in East Germany, was published in Fall 2008 by Brill Academic Publishers. This book explores the political, social, and cultural role of sports in communist East Germany. Her new research examines protest culture and "green" politics in West Germany from the 1960s to the 1990s.

In her free time, Molly enjoys biking and swimming, yoga, spending time outdoors, reading, cooking, and chasing around her dog, Remy, and her children, Thomas and Leah, together with her husband Dave, Director of Global Studies at UAH.

Molly also serves as Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at UAH and teaches the core course, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, for that interdisciplinary minor.  

Dr. Johnson’s Complete CV


  • Ph.D., History and German, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., History and German, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A., History and German, Wittenberg University

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