Laura Ruth Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • The experiences and beliefs of Latina adolescent mothers
  • Mentorship and school-based support programs for young mothers
  • Youth civic engagement within minoritized communities
  • Literacy learning within urban community contexts and out-of-school settings
  • Community-based Qualitative Research
  • Youth Participatory Action Research


University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL  August 2005-May 2006

Rockefeller Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Latino and Latin American Studies

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Ph.D. Education, Language & Literacy, Society, & Culture  May 2005

M.A. Education, Advanced Reading and Language Leadership Program, Language, Literacy, & Culture  May 2000


ETR525, Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education

ETR526, Advanced Technologies in Qualitative Research

ETR739x, Advanced Field Methods

ETR745, Interpretive Research

ETR746, Qualitative Interview Methods in Education

Recent Publications

Johnson, L.R. (2017). Community-based qualitative research: Approaches for education and the social sciences. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Johnson, L.R., Stribling, C., Almburg, A., & Vitale, G. (2015). “Turning the sugar”: Adult learning and cultural repertoires of practice in a Puerto Rican community. Adult Education Quarterly, 65(1), 3-18.

Flynn, J.E. Hunt, R, Johnson, L.R, & Wickman, S. (2014). Considering new paths for success: An examination of the research and methods on urban school-university partnerships, post-No Child Left Behind. International Journal of Educational Reform, 23(3), 191-206.

Rosario-Ramos, E.M. & Johnson, L.R. (2013). Communities as counter-storytelling (con)texts: The role of community-based educational institutions in the development of critical literacy and transformative action. In J.C. Zacher-Pandya & J.A. Avila (Eds.). Moving critical literacies forward: A new look at praxis across contexts. New York, NY: Routledge.

Johnson, L.R., & Rosario-Ramos, E.M. (2012). The role of educational institutions in the development of critical literacy and transformative action. Theory Into Practice, 51, 49-56.

Johnson, L.R. (2011). No hay nada tan mala … There is nothing so bad: Exploring resources and resilience across generations of Puerto Rican women. In D. Smith-Silva (Ed.) Latina/Chicana mothering. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press.

Johnson, L.R. (2009). Challenging best practices in family literacy and parent education programs: The development and enactment of mothering knowledge among Puerto Rican and Latina mothers in Chicago. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 40 (3), 257-276.

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