Department of Sociology & Criminology

Dr. Val Marie Johnson, Associate Professor, Full-Time Faculty - Profile

Saint Mary's University is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People


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Personal Profile

  • Ph. D. (Sociology & Historical Studies) New School for Social Research, 2003
  • M. A (Sociology) University of Toronto, 1990
  • M. A. (Honours With Distinction, Sociology & History) University of Toronto, 1989

My research and teaching interests center in theories and histories of how we produce and govern our selves and others —particularly in liberal societies— in ways that reproduce and resist defining people into hierarchies and the unequal distribution of resources. To that end my research has explored or currently investigates how we imagine and govern urban groups, communities and spaces, regulation, reform and law, and the intertwined socio-historical definition and deployment of gender and sexuality, race (including whiteness), settler colonialism and Indigenous-settler relations, class and economic resources, and citizenship. 

My current work includes research on the following:

  • Relations between white Anglican women staff and Inuvialuit, Inuinnait, and Iñupiat children and adults in 1930s Arctic residential schools, in what is now called Canada;
  • African American women's leadership of late-19th and early-20th century political struggles over racial segregation, and urban communities and institutions, in Brooklyn and New York City.

Selected Publications

  • Val Marie Johnson, “‘I’m sorry now we were so very severe’: 1930s Colonizing Care Relations Between White Anglican Women Staff and Inuvialuit, Inuinnait and Iñupiat People in an ‘Eskimo Resi­dential School’” Under Peer Review
  • Val Marie Johnson,"'The half has never been told': Maritcha Lyons' Community, Black Women Educators, the Woman's Loyal Union, and 'the Color Line' in Progressive Era Brooklyn and New York'" Journal of Urban History (forthcoming vol. & no.) On-line first http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0096144217692931
  • Val Marie Johnson, Review of Contagion and Enclaves: Tropical medicine in colonial India By Nandini Bhattacharya, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 15, n.1 (Spring 2014) https://muse.jhu.edu/article/542540
  • Val Marie Johnson, "American History as the History of Sexuality and Gender" (Review Essay),Journal of Urban History 37 (November 2011): 1000-1009.
  • Val Marie Johnson, "Chronologies and Complexities of Western Neoliberalism: Introduction," Social Science History35, n.3 (Fall 2011): 323-336 [Introduction author & Section editor for Social Science History Special Section on the history of Western neoliberalism].
  • Val Marie Johnson, "Reading the Criminalization of Poverty" in Crocker & Johnson (eds.) Poverty, Regulation, and Social Justice: Readings on the Criminalization of Poverty(Blackpoint, NS: Fernwood Publishing, 2010) .
  • Diane Crocker and Val Marie Johnson (eds.), Poverty, Regulation, and Social Justice: Readings on the Criminalization of Poverty(Blackpoint, NS: Fernwood Publishing, 2010).
  • Michele Byers and Val Marie Johnson, "CSI as Neoliberalism: An Introduction" in Byers & Johnson (eds.), The "CSI Effect:" Television, Crime, and Governance(Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009).
  • Michele Byers and Val Marie Johnson (eds.), The "CSI Effect": Television, Crime and Governance(Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009).
  • Val Marie Johnson, "'Look for the moral and sex sides of the problem': Investigating Jewishness, Desire and Discipline at Macy's Department Store, 1913." Journal of the History of Sexuality18, n.3 (September 2009): 457-485.
  • Val Marie Johnson, "'The Rest Can Go to the Devil': Macy's Workers Negotiate Gender, Sex, and Class in the Progressive Era." Journal of Women's History19, n.1 (March 2007): 32-57.
  • Val Marie Johnson, "'The moral aspects of complex problems': New York City Electoral Campaigns Against Vice and the Incorporation of Immigrants, 1890-1901." Journal of American Ethnic History25, nos.2-3 (Winter/Spring 2006): 74-106.
  • Val Marie Johnson, "Policing Borders, Citizenship, and Cities: the Gendered and Racialized Inspection & Regulation of Immigrants at the Turn of the Last Century." In Uniform Behavior: Localism, Reform, and Police-Community Relationships in Modern America. Edited by Stacy K. McGoldrick, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY , 2006, 25-54.
  • Val Marie Johnson, "Protection, Virtue, and 'the power to detain': the Moral Citizenship of Jewish Women in New York City, 1890-1920." Journal of Urban History31 (2005): 655-684. Nominated by the JUH for the 2005 Berkshire Conference Article Prize.

Courses Taught

  • Urban Sociology: Introduction & History (Winter 2018)
  • Theories of Feminism (Winter 2018); Regulating Gender & Sexuality; Theories and Histories of Sexuality
  • Corporate Crime
  • Gender & Law
  • Advanced Theory; Classical Theory; Contemporary Theory

Selected Student Supervision

  • Devin Smith, (Criminology Honours Thesis) "Colonialism and the incarceration overload of Aboriginal peoples in Canada" (Graduated June 2016).
  • Jess Cote, (Criminology Honours Thesis) "Insecurity in Security: Private Security and Neoliberalism in Canada" (Graduated June 2015).
  • Jennie Donovan (Women & Gender Studies MA) "Multiple truths and Contested identities: Power, gender, and governance in first-hand accounts of shock therapy" (December 2013). http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/25525#.U0gst_unaOg
  • Diane Dooley (Criminology MA) “Constructing Nicole: Gender, Discourse and Victimization/Criminalization in R v. Ryan" (December 2013). Miss Dooley is a 2015 Recipient of the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case (for the advancement of gender equality) http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/gg/recipient-en.html#dooley
  • Lisbeth Nielsen (Women & Gender Studies MA) “Low Income Mothers’ Critique of Services: A Participatory Study on What Could Be Changed” (Defended September 2014; SSHRC funded).

Affiliations

  • Fellow, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies (University of Toronto), Visiting July 1 – December 31, 2017
  • Adjunct, Women & Gender Studies MA Program, Mount Saint Vincent University

Selected Community Work

  • (lead organizer) Isabelle Knockwood "Mi'kmaw Women & Social Justice," Teaching & Talking Circle, Saint Mary's University, December 2 2013 (Helen Ralston Memorial Lecture)IKnockwood Dec02-13 Poster
  • (lead organizer) El Jones, "Speaking Power: Speaking Back to Violence" Responding to the Frosh Rape Chant at Saint Mary's University, October 22 2013 El Jones Oct22-13 Poster

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