Jay Johnson

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geography and Atmospheric Science
Associate Chair of Geography & Atmospheric Science
Director, C-FIRST
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 402
1475 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


Teaching Interests

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

Research Interests

  • 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 Grants

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, $499,956, (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, $36,507, 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, $140,000, 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, $299,920, 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, $71,237, (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, $28,950, (01/01/2012 - 12/31/2013) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

Docking Faculty Scholar
University of Kansas Office of the Provost
2016 - 2019

Enhancing Diversity
Association of American Geographers

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