Clifford V. Johnson’s work in science ranges from teaching and research to public outreach where he strives to put science back into the general culture. He helps artists, writers, and filmmakers incorporate science into their work, appears on several TV and online shows, gives public lectures and participates in panel discussions and other events. He has been science advisor for many TV shows and movies, including Nat Geo’s Genius (featuring Einstein), Marvel’s Agent Carter (S2), Agents of Shield, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and more. Johnson also writes about science, and dabbles in art and music as time permits. He has written and drawn a graphic novel featuring science called The Dialogues, published by MIT Press in North America in November 2017, and in the UK in January 2018.
Johnson’s research concerns the origin and evolution of the Universe and its fundamental constituents. He works mainly on superstring theory, quantum gravity, and M-theory, studying objects such as black holes and D-branes, using various techniques from Mathematics and Physics to address issues of relevance to particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics. Johnson’s work has also led to new descriptions of physics relevant to the quark-gluon plasma, and various quantum critical phenomena in condensed matter physics.