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Dr. Jay T. Johnson

Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science
Professor, Geography
Associate Chair of Geography & Atmospheric Science
Director, C-FIRST
Primary office:
Lindley Hall, room 402


My current research interests concern the broad area of Indigenous peoples' cultural survival with specific regard to the areas of resource management, political activism at the national and international levels and the philosophies and politics of place which underpin the drive for cultural survival. Much of my work is comparative in nature and has focused predominately on New Zealand, the Pacific and North America. For more information, please visit my research center webpage at http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/cfirst/.


Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2003

Graduate Certificate, International Cultural Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2000

MSW, Medical Social Work, University of Kansas, 1991

B.A., Russian and Eastern European History, American history minor, University of Kansas, 1987


Geog 370 - Intro to Cultural Geography

Geog 500 - Geography Capstone

Geog 875 - Qualitative Research Methods

Geog 970 - Seminar in Cultural Geography

Teaching Interests

  • Cultural geography
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Oceania
  • Indigenous geographies


  • Indigenous geographies
  • Critical methodologies
  • Place-based struggle

Selected Publications

Larsen, S. C., & Johnson, J. T. (2017). Being together in place: Indigenous coexistence in a more-than-human world, Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press.

Brewer, J. P, Vandever, S., & Johnson, J. T (Eds.). (2017). Towards energy sovereignty: Biomass as sustainability in Interior Alaska. Sustainability Science. DOI:

Larsen, S. C., & Johnson, J. T. (2016). The agency of place: Toward a more-than-human geographical self. GeoHumanities. DOI:10.1080/2373566X.2016.1157003

Johnson, J. T., & Madge, C. (2016). Empowering methodologies: Feminist and Indigenous approaches. In I. Hay (Ed.), Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography(4th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Johnson, J. T., Howitt, R. Cajete, G. Berkes, F. Louis, R. P., & Kliskey, A. (2015). Weaving Indigenous and Sustainability Sciences to Diversify our Methods. Sustainability Science, 11(1). DOI:10.1007/s11625-015-0349-x

Whyte, K. P., Brewer, J. P., & Johnson, J. T. (2015). Weaving Indigenous Science, Protocols and Sustainability Science. Sustainability Science. DOI:10.1007/s11625-015-0296-6

Coombes, B. Johnson, J. T., & Howitt, R. (2014). Indigenous Geographies III, Methodological innovation and the unsettling of participatory research. Progress in Human Geography, 38(6), 845-854. DOI:10.1177/0309132513514723

Johnson, J. T., Louis, R. P., & Kliskey, A. (2014). Weaving Indigenous and Sustainability Sciences: Diversifying our Methods (WIS2DOM) Workshop. 116. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation. http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/cfirst/wis2dom/WorkshopReport2013.pdf

Johnson, J. T. & Larsen, S. C. (Eds.). (2013). A Deeper Sense of Place: Stories and Journeys of Collaboration in Indigenous Research. 243. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press.

Johnson, J. T. (2013). Dancing into place: the role of the powwow within urban Indigenous communities. In E. Peters & C. Andersen (Eds.), Indigenous in the city: contemporary identities and cultural innovation (pp. 316-323). UBC Press.

Coombes, B. Johnson, J. T., & Howitt, R. (2013). Indigenous geographies II: the aspirational spaces in postcolonial politics – reconciliation, belonging and social provision. Progress in Human Geography, 37(5), 691-700. DOI:10.1177/0309132512469590

Louis, R. P., Johnson, J. T., & Pramono, A. H. (2012). Editorial Introduction: Indigenous Cartographies and Counter-mapping. Cartographica, 47(2), 77-79.

Coombes, B. Johnson, J. T., & Howitt, R. (2012). Indigenous Geographies I: Mere resource conflicts? The complexity in Indigenous land and environmental claims. Progress in Human Geography, 36(6), 810-821.

Johnson, J. T. (2012). Place-based learning and knowing: A critical pedagogy grounded in Indigeneity. GeoJournal, 77(6), 829-836.

Larsen, S. C., & Johnson, J. T. (2012). Towards an 'open' sense of place: Geography and the question of being. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(3), 632-646.

Larsen, S. C., & Johnson, J. T. (2012). In between worlds: place, experience, and research in Indigenous geography. Journal of Cultural Geography, 29(1), 1-15.

Johnson, J. T., & Yellow Bird, M. (2011). Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Survival. In L. Healy & R. Link (Eds.), Handbook on International Social Work: Human Rights, Development, and the Global Profession (pp. 208-213). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Coombes, B. Gombay, N. Johnson, J. T., & Shaw, W. S. (2011). The challenges of and from Indigenous Geographies: Implications for openly transcultural research. In R. Panelli (Ed.), The Companion to Social Geography (pp. 472-489). Oxford: Blackwell.

Johnson, J. T. (2008). Indigeneity's challenges to the white settler-state: creating a thirdspace for dynamic citizenship. Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, 33(1), 29-52.

Johnson, J. T. (2008). Kitchen Table Discourse: negotiating the 'Tricky Ground' of Indigenous research. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 32(3), 127-137.

Johnson, J. T., Cant, G. Howitt, R. & Peters, E. (2007). Creating anti-colonial geographies: Embracing Indigenous Peoples' Knowledges and Rights. Geographical Research, 45(2), 117-120.

Johnson, J. T., & Murton, B. (2007). Re/placing Native Science: Indigenous voices in contemporary constructions of nature. Geographical Research, 45(2), 121-129.

Johnson, J. T., Louis, R. P., & Pramono, A. H. (2006). Facing the Future: Encouraging Cartographic Literacies in Indigenous Communities. ACME: An International E-Journal of Critical Geography, 4(1), 80-98.

Selected Presentations

Larsen, S. C. & Johnson, J. T. (04/28/2018). Being together in place. Garfield Conservatory in conjunction with Artist in Residence, Claire Pentacost. Chicago, IL

Johnson, J. T. (08/29/2017). Decolonisation as a transition discourse: gazing toward the horizon to glimpse the pluriverse. London, United Kingdom

Johnson, J. T. (07/11/2017). Heeding the call of place: to speak, to create, and to teach. Institute of Australian Geographers. Brisbane, Australia

Johnson, J. T. (02/28/2017). The ethical and epistemological challenges to sharing qualitative data. Qualitative Data Sharing and Use to Accelerate Synthesis for Conservation and Sustainability Science. SESYNC, Annapolis, Maryland

Johnson, J. T. & Brewer, J. P. (09/15/2016). The Haskell/KU Collaboration in STEM Education. The Tribal College STEM Summit. Moscow, ID

Johnson, J. T. & Larsen, S. C. (04/03/2016). Learning from place: Lessons of hospitality and reciprocity at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Aotearoa/New Zealand . American Association of Geographers. San Francisco, CA

Selected Grants

Johnson, Jay T, Marshall, Phillip Cody, Haskell Environmental Research Studies Internship, NSF - ESPCoR, Submitted 08/02/2016 (09/01/2017 - 08/31/2022) . Federal. Status: Proposal Submitted.

Johnson, Jay T, (Principal), Louis, Renee Pualani, (Co-Principal), Palmer, Mark, (Co-Principal), Medicine Crow, Elizabeth , (Co-Principal), RCN: Facilitating Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology, PLR-1417767, National Science Foundation, (04/01/2015 - 03/31/2020) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Johnson, Jay T, (Principal), Walsey, Victoria, (Co-Principal), Doctoral Dissertation Research: Bridging Knowledge Systems to Improve Ecosystem Management along the Yukon River, Alaska, Submitted 10/01/2014 (09/01/2015 - 08/31/2016) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Johnson, Jay T, (Principal), Larsen, Soren C, (Co-Principal), Being-together-in-place: A geohumanistic exploration of place-based politics in postcolonial settler-states, American Council of Learned Societies, Submitted 09/01/2013 (08/01/2014 - 07/31/2016) . Foundation. Status: Funded.

Louis, Renee Pualani, (Principal), Johnson, Jay T, (Co-Principal), Medicine Crow, Elizabeth, (Co-Principal), Collaboratively Harnessing Indigenous Research Principles, Protocols, and Practices, Office of Polar Programs - National Science Foundation, Submitted 01/01/2014 (07/01/2014 - 07/31/2016) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Johnson, Jay T., (Principal), Pualani Louis, Renee, (Co-Principal), Kliskey, Andrew, (Co-Principal), WIS2DOM, Weaving Indigenous and Sustainability Sciences: Diversifying our Methods, #1233266, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, (01/01/2012 - 12/31/2014) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Johnson, Jay T., (Principal), Rankey, Gene, (Co-Principal), Learning from Indigenous Science: Indigenous Perception and Adaptation to Environmental Change in Kiribati, The Commons at the University of Kansas, (01/01/2012 - 12/31/2013) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

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