Genevieve Fuji Johnson


Political Science

Genevieve Fuji Johnson


Political Science


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

Research and Supervision Fields

Status: Accepting new graduate students

  • Feminist Social and Political Thought
  • Grounded Solidaristic Normative Theory
  • Deliberative Democratic Theory and Practice
  • Governance and Public Policy
  • Prostitution Policy and Sex Work Governance

Teaching Streams

  • Justice and Law
  • Public Policy and Democratic Governance
  • Research Methods and Analysis


Genevieve Fuji Johnson studies and teaches democratic theory, grounded normative theory, feminist political thought (with an emphasis on BIWOC feminist scholars), theories related to sexuality and gender, solidaristic scholarship, interpretive policy analysis, qualitative methodology, and a range of current public policy issues.

Her current research, with sex worker rights activist, educator, and writer, Kerry Porth, focuses on the implementation of prostitution laws and the governance of sex work in Canadian cities. They are currently working on a book project that develops a case for solidaristic scholarship that explicitly serves the justice struggles of marginalized communities. Dr. Johnson is also conducting research on the gender and racialized demographics of those in governance positions in Canadian universities, which may serve in helping to identify barriers to the more equitable representation of BIPOC in these positions. Her research, past and present, has been funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants.

From January 2018 through April 2019, Dr. Johnson was Senior Advisor to the Provost’s Office on Faculty Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement, SFU. She is a Dialogue Associate of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU. In addition, she has been a member of the SFU Faculty Association Executive Committee, the Canadian Political Science Association Board of Directors, and the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre Board (DEWC) of Directors. She was President of DEWC’s Board from 2017-2020. She is currently a member of the Steering Committee of Living in Community. She is a long-time volunteer for the WISH Drop-In Centre Society.


  • Forthcoming, 2021. “Revelatory Protest, Deliberative Exclusion, and the B.C. Missing Women Commission of Inquiry: Bridging the Micro/Macro Divide.” Leah Levac and Sarah Wiebe (Eds.), Creating Spaces of Engagement. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 2020. “Sex Work Governance Models: Variations in a Criminalized Context.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy (with Kerry Porth; Johnson lead author).
  • 2020. “Whiteness, Power, and the Politics of Demographics in the Governance of the Canadian Academy.” Canadian Journal of Political Science (with Robert Howsam; Johnson lead author).
  • 2019. “Emotions and Deliberation in the Citizens’ Initiative Review.” Social Science Quarterly 100, 2168–2187 (with Michael Morrell and Laura Black; Johnson lead author).
  • 2018. “Can Consultation ever be Collaborative?” Policy Design and Practice 1, 253–268 (with Robert Howsam; Johnson lead author).
  • 2017. “A Question of Respect: A Qualitative Text Analysis of the Canadian Parliamentary Committee Hearings on The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 50, 921–953 (with Mary Burns and Kerry Porth; Johnson lead author).
  • 2017. “Citizens’ Initiative Review Process: Mediating Emotions, Promoting Productive Deliberation.” Policy & Politics 45, 431–447 (with Laura Black and Katherine Knobloch; Johnson lead author).
  • 2017. “Research Openness in Canadian Political Science: Toward an Inclusive and Differentiated Discussion.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 50, 311–328. (with Mark Pickup, Eline A. de Rooij, and Rémi Léger; Johnson lead author).
  • 2015. Democratic Illusion: Deliberative Democracy in Canadian Public Policy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Winner of the British Columbia Political Science Association Weller Prize for Best Book by a BC Political Scientist 2016.
  • 2015. “Governing Sex Work: An Agonistic Policy Community and its Relational Dynamics.” Critical Policy Studies 9, 259–277.
  • 2013. Political Responsibility Refocused: Thinking Justice after Iris Marion Young (Ed.) Toronto: University of Toronto Press (with Loralea Michaelis).
  • 2011. “The Limits of Deliberative Democracy: Elite Motivation in Three Canadian Cases.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 44, 137–159.
  • 2009. “Deliberative Democratic Practices in Canada: An Analysis of Institutional Empowerment in Three Cases.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 42, 679–703.
  • 2008. Deliberative Democracy for the Future: The Case of Nuclear Waste Management in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (translated to Japanese by Harutoshi Funabashi et al. [Tokyo: Shinsen Sha, 2011]).
  • 2007. Race, Racialization, and Anti-Racism in Canada and Beyond (Ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press (with Randy Enomoto).
  • 2007. “The Discourse of Democracy in Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Policy.” Policy Sciences 40, 79–99.
  • 2007. “Discursive Democracy in the Transgenerational Context and a Precautionary Turn in Public Reasoning.” Contemporary Political Theory 6, 67–85.
  • 2005. “Taking Stock: The Normative Foundations of Positivist and Non-Positivist Policy Analysis and the Ethical Implications of the Emergent Risk Society.” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 7, 137–153.


Future courses may be subject to change.