Benjamin Johnson, PhD
Title/s: Associate Professor
Office #: Crown Center 544
CV Link: Johnson CV
Benjamin H. Johnson is an Associate Professor in History at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Johnson's primary areas of research and teaching include environmental history, North American borders, and Latino history. He has taught courses on North American and world environmental history, natural disasters, immigration and ethnicity in the United States, and border and transnational history more generally.
His first book, Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans into Americans (Yale University Press, 2003) offered a new interpretation of the origins of the Mexican-American civil rights movement. He continued his interest in Mexican American history in Bordertown: The Odyssey of an American Place(Yale University Press, 2008), a collaboration with photographer Jeffrey Gusky, and in journal articles about the ties between Mexican-American politics and postrevolutionary Mexico. Johnson’s other primary interest is in the social and political history of American environmentalism, the subject of his current book Escaping the Dark, Gray City: Fear and Hope in Progressive-Era Conservation (Yale University Press, 2017).
- PhD, Yale, 2000
- MA, Yale, 1996,
- BA, Carleton College, 1994
Johnson's research interests include: environmental history, North American borders, and Latino history.
- HIST 212: United States Since 1865
- HIST 410: Topics in Environmental History
- Escaping the Dark, Gray City: Fear and Hope in Progressive-Era Conservation (Yale University Press, 2017)
- Major Problems in the History of North American Borderlands (Cengage Learning, 2011) with Pekka Hämäläinen
- Bridging National Borders in North America (Duke University Press, 2010) with Andrew Graybill
For a complete list of publications, please see his CV.