Johonna Turner

Johonna Turner

Office Phone: (540) 432-4461


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: MS 102

“My passion, which is deeply rooted in my life story, is to advance peace and justice within marginalized communities by building the capacity of neighborhood churches and investing in the leadership of young people.

This approach is fundamental to my vision of developing locally-rooted peacebuilders that challenge direct and structural violence, and support personal and social transformation."

Johonna Turner is Assistant Professor of Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. For over 15 years, she has worked as part of arts collectives, community organizing coalitions, and other social movement organizations to develop youth leadership, empower disenfranchised people, and cultivate transformational approaches to safety and justice. Her areas of scholarship, practice and teaching include restorative and transformative justice, youth leadership development, vocational formation for peace builders, faith-rooted peacebuilding, and arts and media-based approaches to social change.

Dr. Turner is an innovative educator with experience teaching a wide range of learners in a variety of settings. As an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, she taught undergraduate courses in the departments of American Studies and African-American Studies, as well as the Burns Academy of Leadership. During her tenure with the District of Columbia Public Schools, she served as an afterschool program coordinator for 9th-12 grade students, high school special education English teacher, elementary reading interventionist, and school-wide instructional leader. She has also facilitated classes, workshops, and trainings with institutions ranging from D.C.’s Latin American Youth Center to the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church.

Professor Turner is a former Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow with the Open Society Institute. She is married to the love of her life, Julian Turner.


Graduate Certificate, Urban Youth Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2015.
Ph.D. American Studies, University of Maryland, 2010.
Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland, 2009.
Bachelor of Journalism, News-Editorial Journalism, University of Missouri, 2002.
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (emphasis in Black Studies. minor in Political Science). University of Missouri, 2002.


Book Chapters

“The New Generation of Restorative Justice” (with Carl Stauffer) in Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice. ed. Theo Gavrielides. Routledge (In Progress).

“Transforming Trauma: Wounded Healing in the Way of Jesus” in Faith-based Peacebuilding: Practitioners Meet the Challenges ed. Michelle Garred and Mohammed Abu-Nimer. Rowman and Littlefield. (Forthcoming, December 2017).

Journal Articles

“The Campaign for Nonviolent Schools: Students Flip the Script on Violence in Philadelphia,” (with Nijimie Dzurinko and Jonathan Stith.) Voices in Urban Education Spring 2011, Number 30.

Encyclopedia Articles

“Anti-Prison Movement.” Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. Eds. Gary Anderson and Kathryn Herr, Sage Publications, 2007.

“Youth Organizing and Activism.” Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. Eds. Gary Anderson and Kathryn Herr, Sage Publications, 2007.

Other Public Output

“Help Students Embrace a Justice that Restores” – Part 2 of a 2-part series. (with Mary Glenn). Fuller Youth Institute E-Journal. March 2016.

“Faith Rooted-Practice: Mission with Nothing Left Out.” The Mennonite January 2016. Originally published in PeaceSigns, December 2015.

“Help Students to Embrace a Justice that Restores” Part 1 of a 2-part series. (with Mary Glenn). Fuller Youth Institute E-Journal. June 2015.