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Jay Johnson

Personal Details
Organization: Visiting Scholar
E-mail Address: jamesgjohnson@ucla.edu


About Jay
Jay Johnson is a CCS visiting PhD Candidate in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is currently conducting fieldwork in South Africa for his dissertation looking at the relationship between urban politics and refugee law and policy in South African cities within comparative-historical perspecitve funded by a Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship. He has previously received an MA in Forced Migration Studies from the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand; an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics; and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

His areas of specialization are in International Migration, Political Sociology, Forced Migration Studies, Global Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies, and South Africa. Specifically, his research interests are in a) the interaction between urban politics and immigration law and policy; b) questions of citizenship, rights, and belonging in cities; and c) comparative-historical methods using archival and qualitative fieldwork data.

While at UCLA, he has taught Political Sociology as a teaching fellow and a variety of other sociology courses as a teaching assistant and has also worked as a writing consultant at the university’s Graduate Writing Center.

Jay is a native English speaker and has advanced proficiency in French and Spanish and intermediate proficiency in Zulu.

Selected Presentations and Workshops:

Johnson, Jay. 2018. “Contested Rights and Spaces in the City: the Case of Refugee Reception Offices in South Africa.” Presented at the Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, March 13, Durban, South Africa.

Johnson, Jay. 2018. “Urban Politics and Refugee Law: Refugee Reception Offices and Contested Residence in South African Cities.” Presented at the African Cities Centre Urban Conference, University of Cape Town, Feb. 1-3, Cape Town, South Africa.

Academy for African Urban Diversity (AAUD), November 6-10, 2017, African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and October 2018, Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany.

Johnson, Jay. 2017. “Urban Politics and Refugee Law: Refugee Reception Offices and Contested Residence in South African Cities.” Presented at the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA), Oct. 31, Cape Town, South Africa.

Johnson, Jay (James). 2013. "Integration and Diaspora: An Analysis of Discourses Used by Migrant Civil Society Organizations in South Africa." Presented at the annual meeting for the African Studies Association, Nov. 21-24, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Johnson, Jay (James). 2013. "Integration and Diaspora: An Analysis of Discourses Used by Migrant Civil Society Organizations in South Africa.” Presented at the colloquium "Taming the Demons: Reflections on Xenophobia, Social Cohesion, and Violence in Contemporary South Africa,” May 10, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.


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