Elizabeth A. Johnson is a distinguished professor of theology at Fordham University, where she teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Johnson grew up in Brooklyn, New York, as the oldest of seven children in a sprawling Irish Catholic family that included beloved cats and dogs. She received a Ph.D. in theology from Catholic University of America in 1981 and taught at that university before moving to Fordham.
Johnson is a former president of both the Catholic Theological Society of America, the oldest and largest society of theologians in the world, and the American Theological Society, an ecumenical group. She loves to teach and was awarded Fordham University’s Teaching Award in 1998 and the Professor of the Year Award in 2011. She is currently researching Darwin’s idea of evolution in relation to the doctrine of creation so as to make care of the earth a necessary and vital part of Christian life.