Jeff Johnson was a player for Harvard who was active in mainstream quizbowl from the 1995 through 1998 seasons while a PhD student in American literature.
Johnson was a Tennessee native and played College Bowl as an undergraduate at an unknown institution before discovering the larger quizbowl community at Harvard. He was known for having an extremely real knowledge base from reading over 10,000 books and was able to go through new reading material at a fantastic pace including during breaks between games at tournaments.
Johnson retired from participating as a player after the 1998 season, with the exception of the 2000 SCT where he was called upon to participate in a scheme to qualify additional Harvard teams. Playing solo as Harvard A after two years of dormancy, he finished 13-2 and defeated that year's 5th, 10th, and 17th-place ICT teams.