Profile: Ethan Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Ethan JohnsonChair & Associate Professor


Contact Information:

Office:  Parkmill 141
Phone:  503-725-5713

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Highlighted Works on PDX Scholar



Racial & Cultural Identity, Racism, African American Education



  • Ph.D., Social & Cultural Studies in Education, Univ. of California, Berkley (2005)
  • M.A., Education, Stanford University (1991)
  • B.A., Latin American Studies, Univ. of California, Berkley (1988)


Ethan Johnson is an associate professor in the Black Studies Department and the School of Gender, Race and Nations 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 various journals such as Race, Ethnicity and Education, The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Souls, Ethnography and Education and The Oregon Historical Quarterly.  He has also co-edited the book called Education and the Black Diaspora: Educational Perspectives, Challenges and Prospects. His most recent publication “Comparing Black Representations of Blackness in Portland, Oregon and Esmeraldas, Ecuador: Differences and Continuities,” was published in early 2019 in Relating Worlds of Racism: Dehumanization, Belonging and the Normativity of Whiteness, ed. Essed, Farquharson, Pillay, and White published by Palgrave.

He works across multiple fields of study related to the experiences of people of African descent: education, popular culture, race and racism, history and African Diaspora Studies.  Currently, he is working on a number of projects.  One examines the educational experiences of Afro-Latin@s in Spain and the other compares and contrasts the representations of Blackness by people of African descent in Latin America and the United States.  Professor Johnson is the host and organizer of the Black Bag Speaker Series whose mission is to create a space on campus in which scholars and/or activists doing work that relates to people of African descent in Portland and the nation can engage with the university and community.

He teaches the following graduate and undergraduate courses: Multiracial Experience in the US, The Afro-Latin@ Experience, 20th Century African American Experience, Race and Education, Racism, Afro-Latin@ Literature and Sexualized Systems of Racism.