Genevieve Fuji Johnson

Political Science

Areas of interest

Research and Supervision Fields:


-Feminist Social and Political Thought
-Solidaristic Normative Theory
-Sex Work Policy and Governance
-Governance and Public Policy
-Deliberative Democracy Theory and Practice

Teaching Streams:

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


  • BA (honours), Simon Fraser University
  • MSc, London School of Economics
  • PhD, University of Toronto


Genevieve Fuji Johnson (she/her) studies and teaches feminist political thought (with an emphasis on BIPOC feminist scholars), solidaristic scholarship, democratic theory, 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 governance of sex work in Canadian and US cities. They are currently working on a book project, and corresponding graphic novel, entitled Under the Red Umbrella: Sex and Solidarity! In this project, they develop a case for solidaristic scholarship explicitly serving the justice struggles of marginalized communities. Prof. 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.

Prof. Johnson is a Dialogue Associate of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU. From January 2018 through April 2019, Prof. Johnson was Senior Advisor to the Provost’s Office on Faculty Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement, SFU. In addition, she has been a member of the SFU Faculty Association Executive Committee, the Living in Community Steering Committee, 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 Canadian Political Association Board of Directors, on which she serves as Vice President. In addition, she serves as Treasurer for the Pacific Rim Chapter of Surfrider Foundation Canada. She is a long-time volunteer for the WISH Drop-In Centre Society.

Selected Publications

2022. "Sex Worker Rights are Human Rights: An Approach to Solidaristic Normative Theory." International Feminist Journal of Politics (with Kerry Porth; Johnson lead author).

2022. "Mini-Public Replication: Emotions and Deliberatiion in the Citizens' Initiative Review Redux." Journal of Deliberative Democracy 18 (2). (Michael Morrell and Laural Black; Morell lead author).

2021. “Research Transparency: Less about Rigor and More about Responsibility.” Qualitative & Multi-Method Research Newsletter 19 (1), 14-18.

2021. “Unearthing Grounded Normative Theory: Practices and Commitments of Empirical Research in Political Theory.” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (with Brooke Ackerly, Luis Cabrera, Fonna Forman, Chris Tenove, and Antje Weiner).

2021. “Sex Work Governance Models: Variations in a Criminalized Context.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy 18(2), 233-245 (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 53, 676-694 (with Robert Howsam; Johnson lead author).