Sociology Graduate Students

Theresa Marie Johnson
  • Title
    • PhD Student
  • Division Graduate Studies Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Feminist Studies Department, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, Office #129
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College

Research Interests

African Diaspora; Urban Sociology and Black Geography; Identity Formation; Youth Studies and Education; Tourism Studies; Black Feminist Epistemology; Ethnography and Mixed Methods

Biography, Education and Training

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in December 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish, with a minor in International Relations.

My transdisciplinary dissertation work focuses on Black American youth racial identity formation in the context of global travel.

I am currently serving as the P2R Program Coordinator and Lead Mentor 

I stand in solidarity with the COLA campaign.

Honors, Awards and Grants

2020 UCSC-SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program Award

2020 UCSC CITL Graduate Pedagogy Fellowship

Summer 2019 - Blum Scholar Grant

2018-2019 Student Planetary Health Ambassador, UC Global Health Initiative 

Winter2018/Spring 2019 - Koret Scholar Mentor Award 

Fall 2017 - University of Californa Regent's Fellowship


I have presented original work at the following conferences:

National Women's Studies Association, November 2019

Pacific Sociological Association, March 2019

Issues in Critical Investigation Biennial Symposium, "The Environment, the Anthropocene, and the African Diaspora.", Vanderbilt, October 2018

American Sociological Association, August 2018


I have presented workshops or served as a panelist at the following conferences:

National Women's Studies Association, Atlanta, November 2018 

Pacific Sociological Association, Long Beach, March 2018

AAUW National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), June 2017

Selected Publications

Hice Fromille, T., Ruiz, K., Villalobos, R., Martinez Ibañez, L., & Mena, V. (2020). (Re)Constructing Expertise on Resistance: What We Can Learn from Youth Mobilizing against Social Inequality. Sociological Perspectives

Teaching Interests

Past TA appointments include:

Summer 2019: Contemporary Social Theory (SOCY105b)

Spring 2019: Contemporary Social Theory (SOCY105b) 

Winter 2019: Issues and Problems in American Society (SOCY10)

Fall 2018: World Society (SOCY15)

Summer 2018: Evaluation of Evidence (SOCY3A)

Spring 2018: Contemporary Social Theory (SOCY105b)

Winter 2018: Race and Law (SOCY128i)


GSR appointments include: 

2018-2019: Regional Researcher for We Belong Collaboration for Community-Engaged Research and Immigrant Justice (PIs: Prof. Steve McKay and Dr. Leslie Lopez)

Summer 2019: Middle School Breaktime Study Data Analysis (PI: Prof. Rebecca London)

Summer 2018: Middle School Breaktime Study Data Analysis (PI: Prof. Rebecca London)