J.D. Florida Coastal School of Law
Cyntoria Johnson currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology at Georgia State University. She is an active member of the Georgia and Florida State Bars and has practiced primarily in the areas of criminal law (both prosecution and defense), family law, and estate planning. She earned her Juris Doctor in 2009 from Florida Coastal School of Law where she was the recipient of the Governor’s Merit Scholarship. Johnson served as a brief writer on FCSL’s Jessup International Moot Court team, performing extensive research on international extradition and death penalty law. In addition, she served as a judicial extern for Chief Judge Paul Hawkes of the Florida First District Court of Appeal. Johnson first discovered her passion for teaching during law school when she served as a teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing and Torts. Johnson is also a Georgia State Panther, earning her B.S. cum laude in 2000 and her M.S. cum laude in 2001, both in criminal justice.
Johnson teaches a variety of criminal justice courses primarily in our Legal Track concentration, providing intensive exposure to the study of law in preparation for law school. She also teaches interdisciplinary Perspectives courses, which are the largest sections offered across the University with up to 325 students. Her current research and teaching interests include critical race theory, eyewitness misidentification, wrongful convictions, and globalizing criminal justice education.
Johnson pioneered our department’s first study abroad program and leads students on an overseas academic adventure to the exotic islands of Trinidad & Tobago each Maymester. She has engaged in a number of service and pro bono initiatives – including Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, and the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism with the State Bar of Georgia.
Johnson is an Atlanta native and in her free time enjoys offshore deep sea fishing, motorcycle riding, football, and culinary arts.