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Cedric Johnson, PhD


Political Science and African American Studies


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601 S Morgan St

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Cedric Johnson is Professor of Black Studies and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  His teaching and research interests include African American political thought, neoliberal politics, and class analysis and race. His most recent book, The Panthers Can’t Save Us Now (Verso, 2022), reprises the debate surrounding his eponymous essay, which cautioned against the perils of nostalgia and ethnic politics during Black Lives Matter’s first wave.  Johnson’s book, Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) was named the 2008 W.E.B. DuBois Outstanding Book of the Year by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.  He is also the editor of The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans (University of Minnesota Press, 2011). His writings have appeared in Labor Studies, Catalyst, DissentNonsite, Jacobin, New Labor Forum, Perspectives on Politics, and Historical Materialism.  In 2008, Johnson was named the Jon Garlock Labor Educator of the Year by the Rochester Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. He is a member of UIC United Faculty Local 6456.

Research Interests:

Racial and ethnic politics; African American Political Thought; American Politics; Neoliberalization; Political Economy; Labor Studies; Urban Politics; Critical Urban Theory.



Selected Publications

Johnson, Cedrc, ed. The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans. (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

Johnson, Cedric. Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics. (University of Minnesota Press, 2007).

Johnson, Cedric, “The Panthers Cannot Save Us Now:  Anti-policing Struggles and the Limits of Black Power,” Catalyst  1 (Spring 2017), no. 1: 56-85.

Johnson, Cedric, “Half-Life of the Black Urban Regime: Adolph Reed, Jr. on Race,     Capitalism and Urban Governance,” Labor Studies 41 (September 2016), no. 3: 248-255.

Johnson, Cedric, “Epilogue: Baltimore, the Policing Crisis and the End of the Obama Era,” James DeFilippis, ed. Urban Policy in the Time of Obama (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016).

Johnson, Cedric, “Between Revolution and the Racial Ghetto: Harold Cruse and Harry Haywood Debate Class Struggle and the ‘Negro Question,’ 1962-1968,” Historical Materialism 24.1 (2016): 1-39.

Notable Honors

2018, Daniel Singer Millenium Prize, Daniel Singer Millenium Foundation

2017-2018, Dean’s Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,UIC

2008, W.E.B. DuBois Outstanding Book Award, NCOBPS

2008, Jon Garlock Labor Educator of the Year, Rochester Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO


PhD University of Maryland