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Her first book, Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles, published by the University of California Press, is a history of civil rights and spatial struggles among Black and Brown freedom seekers and cultural workers in LA.

Her first book, Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles, published by the University of California Press, 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, co-edited with Alex Lubin, and a single-authored book currently titled These Walls Will Fall: Protest at the Intersection of Immigrant Detention and Mass Incarceration.

Degrees

B.A.- New York University, History 1998

M.A.- New York University, History 2003

Ph.D.- New York University, History 2007

Publications

Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844 , forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press

“‘What Looks like Revolution’: Women and the Gendered Terrain of Slave Insurgencies in Cuba, 1843-44” forthcoming, Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Spring 2014).

With Piya Chatterjee, “Rethinking Bondage,” produced for the UCHRI Working Group, “Working at Living: The Social Relations of Precarity,” e-scholarship, July 2013, http://escholarshiporg/uc/ucsbfeministstudies_wal

“Scandalous Scarcities: Black Slave Women, Plantation Domesticity, and Travel Writing in Nineteenth-Century Cuba.” Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol. 23, No. 1 (March 2010): 101-143.