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University of California at Los Angeles

Associate Professor, Department of Chicana, Chicano, and Central American Studies

Affiliate, Department of African American Studies

Anacapa Consulting Group

Co-Founder and Partner, 2021- Present

• Provide Executive Coaching for Senior Leaders, Athletic Directors, Faculty,  Coaches, Youth Sports Clubs and Boards in Higher Education and Secondary Schools.
• Consult with Senior Leaders, Athletic Directors, Faculty, Coaches, Youth Sports Clubs and Boards in Higher Education and Secondary Schools with a focus on performance, cultural competency, and human sustainability to reimagine their organization, programs, hiring, staffing, and retention to align with their current demographics and institutional mission.
• Execute Professional Development around cultural competency, organizational performance, and human sustainability.

• Support leadership teams in developing DEI plans for their institution.

• Life Coaching for pre-professionals, such as college students and early career professionals

Areas of interest and expertise          

Cultural Politics, Theory, and Expression | Black and Chicanx Radical History and Culture | Spatial Theory and Spatial Resistance | Political Economy | US History 1800-Present |Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Practice

Publications - Books and Edited Volumes                                                 

In Progress - Johnson, Gaye Theresa, These Walls Will Fall: Redefining Freedom in the 21st Century (Under Contract with University of North Carolina Press)

In Progress - Johnson, Gaye Theresa, Mondragon, Rudy, and Leonard, David J. (eds)  Rings of Dissent: Boxing and the Performance of Rebellion (Under Preliminary Contract, Raleigh-Durham: University of North Carolina Press).

2017 - Johnson, Gaye Theresa and Lubin, Alexander (eds).  The Futures of Black Radicalism (New York: Verso Press). - Second Edition 2020 (U.S.) - Third Edition 2021 (Translated into German, acquired by Zambon Press)


2013 - Johnson, Gaye Theresa.  Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity:  Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles (Berkeley: University of California Press).

2013 - Co-Editor, Black California Dreamin’: Social Vision and the Crisis of California’s African American Communities.  (Special Issue of the Journal of the Center for Black Studies Research).

Recent Administrative Appointments                                                                


Associate Director, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, UCLA


Chair, Faculty Advisory Committee, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, UCLA


Vice-Chair, Department of African American Studies, UCLA

Fellowships, Grants, and Residencies (selected List)                      

2020-2021 - UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Community-Engaged Scholars. $10K

2019-2021 - Mellon Sawyer Seminar Grant, co-Principle Investigator with Ananya Roy (PI), Leisy Ábrego, and Maite Zubuairre.  “Sanctuary Spaces: Reworlding Humanism” $225K. 

2019-2021 - Social Justice Research Group, with David Yoo and Lorrie Frasure. Research Projects on Designing Ethnic Studies Curriculum in Los Angeles and Ventura County Secondary Schools.

2016 - Collège d’études mondiales, Paris.  University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) and the Maison des sciences de l’homme, “Race after the ‘Post-Racial’:  Thinking Through the Proliferation of Racisms” 6 and 7 December.

2014 - PI, University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Engaging Humanities Public Humanities Grant.  “Afro-Mexican and Afro-American Encounters:  Creating a Space of Convivencia in a Hollowed-Out World”

2010 - co-PI (with Clyde Woods and George Lipsitz) Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Faculty Collaborative Research Grant “Black California Dreamin’:  Social Vision and the Crisis of California’s African American Communities.”

2010 - Expert-in-Residence, African Leadership Academy, Johannesburg, South Africa.     2008-2009 - Research Fellow, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University.

2008-2009 - (with Clyde Woods) Research Grant, University of California Humanities Research Institute. “African American Traditions in California: Establishing a University of California System-wide Network to Address Research, Curricular, Public Policy, and Archival Needs.”

Awards and Honors                                   

2020 - Named a “Master Educator” by Course Hero. An accompanying short Documentary Film Project produced about anti-racist and abolitionist teaching.

2018 - Research Excellence Award, Center for the Study of Women and the Institute of American Cultures, UC Los Angeles (postponed).

2013 - Freedom Now! Award.  Los Angeles Community Action Network

2013 - Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, UC Santa Barbara

Recent Consultancies [Selected List}        

2022 - California State University Channel Islands; Consultation on Curriculum Design for Ethnic Studies Requirement, Consultation on Program in Africana Studies

2022 - California State University Fullerton; Alignment of Departmental Faculty with Mission of Department and School

2020-21 - The Thacher School. History and English Curriculum Redesign. Anti-Racist and Abolitionist Pedagogies

2019-20 - Ventura Unified School District: Creation of Ethnic Studies Course, Professional Development for Teachers, and School Board Consultancy

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