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UCLA Institute of American Cultures

Title: AssistantProfessor
Department: African American Studies/César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies
Email: gayetheresaj@chavez.ucla.edu

Current Project(s):

  • Her current book is a history of civil rights and spatial struggles among Black and Brown freedom seekers and cultural workers in LA. Johnson’s current work includes an edited volume on The Futures of Black Radicalism. In it she demonstrates how visual and aural protest art constitute one of the most significant discourses of resistance to twentieth and 21st century anti-immigrant and pro-carceral policy and practices, revealing how expressive cultures enact an alternative narrative history about migration, race, and power.

Available Publications/Books:

  • Johnson, G. (2013). Spaces of conflict, sounds of solidarity: Music, race, and spatial entitlement in Los Angeles. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
  • Johnson, G. T., & Lubin, A. (Eds.). (2017). Futures of Black radicalism. Verso Books.


Tagged: The Black Radical Tradition, Black Radicalism, race, racism, political economy, cultural production, spatial politics, spatial entitlement, music