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 racialized and minoritized critical 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 Beneath the Red Umbrella: Sex and Solidarity! In this project, they develop a case for solidaristic scholarship explicitly serving the justice struggles of marginalized communities. For a taste, please check out their comic strips so far (

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 racialized and minoritized people in these positions. Her research, past and present, has been funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants.

Dr. Johnson is a Dialogue Associate of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU and an Associate of the Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis, University of Canberra.

Genevieve is the President of the Canadian Political Science Association. In previous service work, she was a member of the SFU Faculty Association Executive Committee, the Living in Community Steering Committee, and the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) Board of Directors. She was President of DEWC from 2017-2020. She is a long-time volunteer for the WISH Drop-In Centre Society and a regular volunteer for Surfrider Foundation Canada, Pacific Rim Chapter.

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. “Grounded Normative Theory and Deliberative Democracy,” Research Methods in Deliberative Democracy, eds. Selen A.Ercan, Hans Asenbaum, Nicole Curato, and Ricardo F. Mendonça. Oxford: Oxford university Press.

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. “Revelatory Protest, Deliberative Exclusion, and the B.C. Missing Women Commission of Inquiry: Bridging the Micro/Macro Divide,” Creating Spaces of Engagement, eds. Leah Levac and Sarah Wiebe. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 25-46.

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).


Future courses may be subject to change.