Jay T Johnson

Jay T. Johnson
  • Dean's Professor
  • Director, C-FIRST

Contact Info

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Malott Hall #4019S


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/.


Research interests:

  • Indigenous geographies
  • critical methodologies
  • place-based struggle


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

Selected Publications

Brewer, Joseph  P, II, Shaylee Vandever, and Jay  T Johnson. 2018. “Towards Energy Sovereignty: Biomass as Sustainability in Interior Alaska.” Journal Articles. Sustainability Science, March. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-017-0441-5.
Larsen, Soren C, and Jay T Johnson. 2017. Being Together in Place: Indigenous Coexistence in a More-than-Human World. Books. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press.
Larsen, Soren C, and Jay T Johnson. 2016. “The Agency of Place: Toward a More-than-Human Geographical Self.” Journal Articles. GeoHumanities, April. https://doi.org/10.1080/2373566X.2016.1157003.
Johnson, Jay T, and Clare Madge. 2016. “Empowering Methodologies: Feminist and Indigenous Approaches. .” Book Chapters. In Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography, edited by Iain Hay. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Johnson, Jay T, Richard Howitt, Gregory Cajete, Fikret Berkes, Renee Pualani Louis, and Andrew Kliskey. 2015. “Weaving Indigenous and Sustainability Sciences to Diversify Our Methods.” Journal Articles. Sustainability Science 11 (1). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-015-0349-x.
Whyte, Kyle Powys, Joseph  P. Brewer II, and Jay T. Johnson. 2015. “Weaving Indigenous Science, Protocols and Sustainability Science.” Journal Articles. Sustainability Science, April. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-015-0296-6.
Coombes, Brad, Jay T Johnson, and Richard Howitt. 2014. “Indigenous Geographies III, Methodological Innovation and the Unsettling of Participatory Research.” Journal Articles. Progress in Human Geography 38 (6): 845–54. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132513514723.
Johnson, Jay T, Renee Pualani Louis, and Andrew Kliskey. 2014. “Weaving Indigenous and Sustainability Sciences: Diversifying Our Methods (WIS2DOM) Workshop.” Reports. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation. http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/cfirst/wis2dom/WorkshopReport2013.pdf.
Johnson, Jay T., and Soren C. Larsen, eds. 2013. A Deeper Sense of Place: Stories and Journeys of Collaboration in Indigenous Research. Books. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press.
Johnson, Jay T. 2013. “Dancing into Place: The Role of the Powwow within Urban Indigenous Communities.” Book Chapters. In Indigenous in the City: Contemporary Identities and Cultural Innovation, edited by E. Peters and C. Andersen, 316–23. UBC Press.
Coombes, Brad, Jay T. Johnson, and Richard Howitt. 2013. “Indigenous Geographies II: The Aspirational Spaces in Postcolonial Politics – Reconciliation, Belonging and Social Provision.” Journal Articles. Progress in Human Geography 37 (5): 691–700. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132512469590.
Louis, Renee Pualani, Jay T. Johnson, and Albertus Hadi Pramono. 2012. “Editorial Introduction: Indigenous Cartographies and Counter-Mapping.” Journal Articles. Cartographica 47 (2): 77–79.
Larsen, Soren C., and Jay T. Johnson. 2012. “In between Worlds: Place, Experience, and Research in Indigenous Geography.” Journal Articles. Journal of Cultural Geography 29 (1): 1–15.
Coombes, Brad, Jay T. Johnson, and Richard Howitt. 2012. “Indigenous Geographies I: Mere Resource Conflicts? The Complexity in Indigenous Land and Environmental Claims.” Journal Articles. Progress in Human Geography 36 (6): 810–21.
Johnson, Jay T. 2012. “Place-Based Learning and Knowing: A Critical Pedagogy Grounded in Indigeneity.” Journal Articles. GeoJournal 77 (6): 829–36.
Larsen, Soren C., and Jay T. Johnson. 2012. “Towards an ‘open’ Sense of Place: Geography and the Question of Being.” Journal Articles. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 102 (3): 632–46.
Johnson, Jay T., and Michael Yellow Bird. 2011. “Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Survival.” Book Chapters. In Handbook on International Social Work: Human Rights, Development, and the Global Profession, edited by L. Healy and R. Link, 208–13. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Coombes, Brad, Nicole Gombay, Jay T. Johnson, and Wendy S. Shaw. 2011. “The Challenges of and from Indigenous Geographies: Implications for Openly Transcultural Research.” Book Chapters. In The Companion to Social Geography, edited by R. Panelli, 472–89. Oxford: Blackwell.
Johnson, Jay T. 2008. “Indigeneity’s Challenges to the White Settler-State: Creating a Thirdspace for Dynamic Citizenship.” Journal Articles. Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 33 (1): 29–52.
Johnson, Jay T. 2008. “Kitchen Table Discourse: Negotiating the ‘Tricky Ground’ of Indigenous Research.” Journal Articles. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 32 (3): 127–37.
Johnson, Jay T., Garth Cant, Richard Howitt, and Evelyn Peters. 2007. “Creating Anti-Colonial Geographies: Embracing Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledges and Rights.” Journal Articles. Geographical Research 45 (2): 117–20.
Johnson, Jay T., and Brian Murton. 2007. “Re/Placing Native Science: Indigenous Voices in Contemporary Constructions of Nature.” Journal Articles. Geographical Research 45 (2): 121–29.
Johnson, Jay T., Renee Pualani Louis, and Albertus Hadi Pramono. 2006. “Facing the Future: Encouraging Cartographic Literacies in Indigenous Communities.” Journal Articles. ACME: An International E-Journal of Critical Geography 4 (1): 80–98.

Selected Presentations

Larsen, S. C., & Johnson, J. T. (4/28/2018). Being together in place. Garfield Conservatory in conjunction with Artist in Residence, Claire Pentacost. Chicago, IL
Johnson, J. T. (8/29/2017). Decolonisation as a transition discourse: gazing toward the horizon to glimpse the pluriverse. London, United Kingdom
Johnson, J. T. (7/11/2017). Heeding the call of place: to speak, to create, and to teach. Institute of Australian Geographers. Brisbane, Australia
Johnson, J. T. (2/28/2017). 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. (9/15/2016). The Haskell/KU Collaboration in STEM Education. The Tribal College STEM Summit. Moscow, ID
Johnson, J. T., & Larsen, S. C. (4/3/2016). Learning from place: Lessons of hospitality and reciprocity at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Aotearoa/New Zealand. American Association of Geographers. San Francisco, CA

Awards & Honors

Docking Faculty Scholar
University of Kansas Office of the Provost
2016 - 2019
Enhancing Diversity
Association of American Geographers

Grants & Other Funded Activity

RCN: Facilitating Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology. PLR-1417767. National Science Foundation. $499956.00. (4/1/2015 - 3/31/2020). Federal. Status: Funded
Doctoral Dissertation Research: Bridging Knowledge Systems to Improve Ecosystem Management along the Yukon River, Alaska. $36507.00. Submitted 10/1/2014 (9/1/2015 - 8/31/2016). Federal. Status: Funded
Being-together-in-place: A geohumanistic exploration of place-based politics in postcolonial settler-states. American Council of Learned Societies. $140000.00. Submitted 9/1/2013 (8/1/2014 - 7/31/2016). Foundation. Status: Funded. Identified as a 'Highly Prestigious' award on the National Academy of Sciences' Arts and Humanities Awards list.
Collaboratively Harnessing Indigenous Research Principles, Protocols, and Practices. Office of Polar Programs - National Science Foundation. $299920.00. Submitted 1/1/2014 (7/1/2014 - 7/31/2016). Federal. Status: Funded
WIS2DOM, Weaving Indigenous and Sustainability Sciences: Diversifying our Methods. #1233266. Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation. $71237.00. (1/1/2012 - 12/31/2014). Federal. Status: Funded
Learning from Indigenous Science: Indigenous Perception and Adaptation to Environmental Change in Kiribati. The Commons at the University of Kansas. $28950.00. (1/1/2012 - 12/31/2013). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded