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Genevieve Fuji Johnson


B.A. (Hons) (Simon Fraser University)
M.Sc. (London School of Economics)
Ph.D. (University of Toronto)



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Genevieve Fuji Johnson, Professor, studies and teaches democratic theory, feminist political thought, theories related to sexuality and gender, interpretive approaches to policy analysis, and a range of current public policy issues.

Dr. Johnson's recent book (University of Toronto Press, 2015) Democratic Illusion: Deliberative Democracy in Canadian Public Policy, examines deliberative democratic processes in areas of public policy including social housing in Toronto, energy options in Nova Scotia, official languages in Nunavut, and nuclear waste management in Canada. This book is the winnder of the 2016 BCPSA Weller Prize for Best Book by a BC Political Scientist. 

She is also author of Deliberative Democracy for the Future: The Case of Nuclear Waste Management in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2008), which has been translated into Japanese (Shinsen Sha, 2011). She is co-editor (with Loralea Michaelis) of Political Responsibility Refocused: Thinking Justice after Iris Marion Young (University of Toronto Press, 2013), co-editor (with Darrin Durant) of Nuclear Waste Management in Canada: Critical Issues, Critical Perspectives (UBC Press, 2009), and co-editor (with Randy Enomoto) of Race, Racialization and Anti-Racism in Canada and Beyond (University of Toronto Press, 2007).

Her new research focuses on the implementation of prostitution laws and the governance of sex work in Canadian cities. She is also part of a research network led by John Gastil and Katherine Knobloch that examines Citizens Initiative Review processes in the U.S.

Her current and previous research projects have been funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants.

Dr. Johnson is the Chair of the Graduate Program in Political Science, SFU.  She is also an Associate Faculty Member of the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and a Dialogue Associate of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU.  In addition, she is a member of the SFUFA Executive Committee.  

Dr. Johnson’s articles include the following:

Johnson, Genevieve Fuji, Laura Black, and Katherine Knobloch.  2016.  “Citizens’ Initiative Review Process: Mediating Emotions, Promoting Productive Deliberation.” Policy & Politics (

Johnson, Genevieve Fuji. 2015. “Governing Sex Work: An Agonistic Policy Community and its Relational Dynamics,” Critical Policy Studies 9 (3). 259-277.

Johnson, Genevieve Fuji. 2011. “The Limits of Deliberative Democracy: Elite Motivation in Three Canadian Cases.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 44(1). 137–159.

Johnson, Genevieve Fuji. 2009. “Deliberative Democratic Practices in Canada: An Analysis of Institutional Empowerment in Three Cases.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 42(3). 679–703.

Johnson, Genevieve Fuji. 2007. “The Discourse of Democracy in Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Policy.” Policy Sciences 40(2): 79–99.

Johnson, Genevieve Fuji. 2007. “Discursive Democracy in the Transgenerational Context and a Precautionary Turn in Public Reasoning.” Contemporary Political Theory 6(1): 67–85.

Johnson, Genevieve Fuji. 2005. “The Normative Foundations of Positivist and Non-Positivist Policy Analysis and the Ethical Implications of the Emergent Risk Society.” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 7(2): 137–153.