Dr. Debora Johnson-Ross
Debora Johnson-Ross, PhD
Debora Johnson-Ross has been a dedicated educator for nearly thirty years, supporting student success as a faculty member, administrator, mentor and scholar in public, private and entrepreneurial settings. Trained as a comparative political scientist, Johnson-Ross’ scholarly work focuses on politics of identity, ethnicity and nationalism, Cameroon politics and best practices in transitioning students from high school to college. She has studied the relationship between leadership, constitutions and the electoral process in several African countries. Her broad international experience includes teaching international law And African politics as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Buea (Cameroon, 2006-07) and returning as a consultant to lead workshops on conducting research, and entrepreneurship and community service as engines of local development. She has led service-learning trips to Cameroon and Zimbabwe, where she established a partnership between McDaniel College and Africa University (Old Mutare, Zimbabwe). As an administrator, Johnson-Ross maintains her scholarly involvement, traveling to Cameroon as often as possible and serving as the President of the North American Association of Scholars on Cameroon.
Johnson-Ross is currently the Director of the Mayor’s Scholars Program at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), a college promise program. Dr. Johnson-Ross earned a PhD and MA in International Studies (University of South Carolina, Columbia), an MS in Contract and Acquisition Management (Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne) and an AB in Government (Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC). She served as a faculty member at Wofford, was a long-time resident of Spartanburg and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a Fulbright Ambassador.