Leif Johnson

  • PhD Student
  • Gender & Women's Studies
  • Geography
1422 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-6956
Other Affiliations:
  • Association of American Geographers
  • UK China Studies Research Group
Research Interests:

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MA - University of Kentucky, 2015: Geography

BA - Macalester College, 2011: Latin American Studies and International Studies

Research Interests

Building on my MA research on the ways that China's hukou system functions to regulate and govern internal migration, my PhD project explores gendered and affective aspects of citizenship as it plays out in the context of mass internal migration within China. Specifically, I am interested in the intersection of masculine gender identities and the idea of suzhi or "quality" as they shape the cultural exclusion of migrants from many urban spaces in China. My proposed doctoral research will examine these intersections through work with migrant construction workers in Shanghai and elsewhere. More broadly speaking, my research is motivated by an abiding interest in the ways that people become marked as not belonging in certain spaces. In particular, my current research is intended as an exploration of the connections between nation-state bordering and similar border-making projects at local or urban levels. 

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