Rand Johnson

Rand Johnson
Professor Emeritus of Classics
(269) 387-3013
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Mailing address: 
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
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By appointment

  • Ph.D., Classics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1987
  • M.A., Medieval History, University of California at Los Angeles
  • M.A., Classics, Brigham Young University
  • B.A., Classical Greek, Brigham Young University
Teaching interests: 
  • Medieval Latin
  • Latin composition
  • Latin pedagogy
  • Introductory Greek
Research interests: 
  • Medieval Latin
  • Source availability for ancient and medieval texts in modern technology
  • Using technology in the classroom

Dr. Rand Johnson is an associate professor and advisor of Greek and Latin in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University.

Johnson's passion for language has led him to study not only Greek and Latin but also Italian, Spanish, and Chinese, among others. He works often with the importance of understanding the nuances of translation; recent presentations include "Notes on the King James Bible and the Latin Tradition" at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in 2012 and "Humanistic Latin, Lexical Expansion, and the Prose of the King James Version" at The Purdue Renaissance Comparative Prose Conference in 2011. He has taught Latin in Thailand and Germany and teaches both Greek and Latin at Western Michigan University.

Johnson is an affiliated faculty member with the Medieval Institute.