Cedric Johnson

Associate Professor of African American Studies


Ph.D., Government & Politics, University of Maryland-College Park, 2001
M.A., Government & Politics, University of Maryland-College Park, 1997
M.A., Black Studies, The Ohio State University,1994
B.A., Political Science, Southern University, Baton Rouge, 1992

Research Interests

Johnson's interests include racial and ethnic politics; African American political thought; neoliberalization; political economy; urban politics; and critical urban theory. He was the editor of The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and the author of Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). He has also published numerous articles, including James Boggs, the ‘Outsiders,’ and the Challenge of Postindustrial Society" in Souls and “The Urban Precariat, Neoliberalization and the Soft Power of Humanitarian Design."

Johnson was awarded the W.E.B. DuBois Outstanding Book Award, from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, in 2008.

For an excerpt of Revolutionaries to Race Leaders, please ​see text below:



All Power to the People?

The Negro movement represents an indirect challenge to the capitalist status quo not because it is programmatically anti-capitalist, but because full integration of the Negro in all levels of American society is not possible within the present framework of the American system.

-Harold Cruse

Everybody knows that all the people don’t have liberties. All the people don’t have freedom. All the people don’t have justice and all the people don’t have power so that means none of us do. Take this country and change it. Turn it upside down and put the last first and the first last. Not only for black people, but for all people.

-Kathleen Neal Cleaver

In early June 1966, James Meredith began his March Against Fear, a 220-mile hike down Highway 51 from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi. This route would take the lone marcher through some of the most doggedly segregationist counties in the South. An activist who integrated the University of Mississippi in 1962, Meredith hoped that his courageous act against one of the last bastions of Jim Crow segregation would inspire others to take progressive action…



Contact Info

Office: 1217 UH
Phone: 312-413-1274
Fax:  312-996-5799 
Email: cedjohns@uic.edu
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