Women & Gender Studies Institute

W. Chris Johnson

PhD in African American Studies and history, Yale University

phone : 416-978-8284

office : 2030

email : wchris.johnson@utoronto.ca

Chris Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Women & Gender Studies Institute and the Department of History at the University of Toronto.  An interdisciplinary writer and historian of black diasporas, his current research and teaching interests orbit themes of black feminisms and black freedom in the 20th and 21st centuries. Chris is currently completing a transnational history of gender and black liberation. Using postwar Black Britain as a point of departure, the book traces the interwoven itineraries of revolutionaries who lived, loved, dreamed, and struggled for solidarity at the conjuncture of diasporas.
Representative Publications
Book Chapters
“‘The Spirit of Bandung’ in 1970s Britain: The Black Liberation Front’s Revolutionary Transnationalism,” in Black British History: New Perspectives from the Roman Times to the Present Day, edited by Hakim Adi (London: Zed Books, forthcoming 2019).
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
“Travel Sickness: Pan-Africanism, Medicine, and Misogynoir in Caribbean Harlem,” in “Gender and Anti-colonialism in the Interwar Caribbean,” a special issue of Caribbean Review of Gender Studies (forthcoming 2018).
“Guerrilla Ganja Gun Girls: Policing Black Revolutionaries from Notting Hill to Laventille,” in “Gender, Imperialism and Global Exchanges,” a special issue of Gender & History 26.3 (November 2014).
“Sex and the Subversive Alien: The Moral Life of C.L.R. James,” in “Afromodernisms,” a special issue of the International Journal of Francophone Studies 14: 1&2 (2011).


Areas of Interest: , , , , , , ,