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Professor David G. Johnson Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Professor Johnson has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the field of education

At Berkeley in addition to teaching undergraduates and directing seven dissertations Professor David G. Johnson served on a wide range of departmental and campus committees.

    BERKELEY, CA, August 12, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Professor David G. Johnson with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. A noted historian of China, Professor Johnson has made influential contributions in two separate fields: medieval social history and late imperial popular culture. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Johnson graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard in 1960, where he also captained the fencing team. He began his study of Chinese in 1960-61 at the Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Hong Kong, on a Knox Memorial Fellowship from Harvard. He completed his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1970 and was then appointed assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. In 1979-81 he was a senior fellow in Columbia's Society of Fellows and later a research associate at Columbia. In 1983 he joined the Department of History at Berkeley as associate professor. He spent the rest of his career at Berkeley, rising to the rank of professor in 1987.

At Berkeley in addition to teaching undergraduates and directing seven dissertations Johnson served on a wide range of departmental and campus committees. Of particular note is his over fifteen years of work as the lead faculty representative in all phases of planning on Berkeley's new East Asian Library, which opened in 2008, and his creation and leadership of the Chinese Popular Culture Project, which sponsored post-doctoral researchers, organized conferences, and supported the publication of a number of books. Service to the profession at large includes Johnson's membership in the ACLS-SSRC Joint Committee on Chinese Studies and the chairmanship of its grants committee, and elected membership to the China and Inner Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. In addition, he co-taught two NEH Summer Seminars for College Teachers.

Of Johnson's extensive publications several deserve special mention: The Medieval Chinese Oligarchy (1977); three hundred-page articles in the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies ("The Last Years of a Great Clan," "Epic and History in Early China," and "The City-God Cults of T'ang and Sung China"); "Communication, Class, and Consciousness in Late Imperial China," a chapter in Popular Culture in Late Imperial China, which Johnson co-edited; and Spectacle and Sacrifice: The Ritual Foundations of Village Life in North China (2009).

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Johnson has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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