Val Marie Johnson

Val Marie Johnson is an Associate Professor in Saint Mary’s University’s Social Justice & Community Studies Department (where she is also Acting Chair), and Women & Gender Studies graduate program. There she teaches courses on theories and histories of cities, gender, sexuality, and corporate and state harm. She is interested in how gender and sexuality are co-produced with other politics and power, particularly involving race and ethnicity, nation and colonialism, class and labour, criminalization, and formal politics. She has published on the multi-faceted historical politics surrounding sexual morality and what we now call sex work in venues such as the Journal of the History of Sexuality, the Journal of Urban History, and the Journal of Women’s History, and co-edited books on Poverty, Regulation, and Social Justice, and the “CSI” TV series as cultural texts. Her current projects include research on the politics of racial segregation in late-19th and early-20th century Brooklyn NY, and relations between white Anglican women missionaries and Indigenous peoples in Canada’s residential schools.