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Ethan Johnson Biography

Ethan Johnson is an assistant professor in the Black Studies Department at Portland State University.  He received his doctorate from the Social and Cultural Studies in Education Program at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has published in the journal Race, Ethnicity and Education, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Souls, Ethnography and Education and the Oregon Historical Quarterly.  His work focuses broadly on the educational experiences of youth of African descent concerning how they negotiate and interpret racial identity and racism.  In addition, his scholarship compares and contrasts mainstream/White and Black people's representations of Blackness in both popular culture and the mass media.  Currently, he is working on two projects.  One considers how students in an Afro-centric after school program make sense of their racial and cultural identities.  The other considers through analysis of oral histories how communities of Black people in Ecuador negotiate within the current national context of multiculturalism their racial ad cultural identities in relation to the concept of ancestral rights.