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Tim Johnson received his PhD from the University of Alabama in 1989 and joined Lipscomb's history faculty in 1991. He served four years as department chair before being named University Research Professor in 2010. He teaches the following courses: U.S. History I and II, National Period (1776-1850), Civil War and Reconstruction, Tennessee History, The Vietnam War and Senior Seminar.
Johnson's research interests are in the Mexican War and Civil War. He is the author/editor of seven books and over two dozen articles. The Virginia Historical Society named him Mellon Research Fellow twice (1994, 2002), and he was the Archibald Hanna, Jr. Research Fellow in American History at Yale University in 2005. Johnson received an Outstanding Teacher Award from Lipscomb in 2001, and he has been featured on C-SPAN, The History Channel, and Public Television. In 2019 he was a finalist for The Army Historical Foundation's "Distinguished Writing Award."