About Richard Johnson
I'm a MA candidate working on migration, debt, dispossession, livelihoods and land change in rural Central America, primarily in Guatemala. My research draws on themes in political ecology, political economy, and development studies.
Prior to coming to the University of Arizona I worked in the advocacy and development sector in Seattle, WA. From 2008 to 2010 I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Guatemala where I worked on food security and sustainable agriculture projects. I hold a B.A. in International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.
My research is funded in part through a Research Assistantship with the NSF-funded project “Gendered Transitional Labor Migration, Agriculture, and Environmental Change in Mesoamerica” (NSF Award Abstract #1056811) led by Dr. Claudia Radel at Utah State University and Dr. Birgit Schmook at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur.
I am also a founding member the Public Political Ecology Lab (PPEL): http://ppel.arizona.edu/
Spring 2013: GEOG 150C1 - Environment and Society
Fall 2012: GEOG 150B - Human Geography and Global Systems