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Diana Kay Johnson

Assistant Professor of History

Diana Kay Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish at Eastern Washington University and her MA in history and PhD in U.S. history at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests, which focus on race and political activism in the 20th century, include cross-cultural women’s and gender history.

Her dissertation, Seattle in Coalition: Working-Class Activism, Multiracial Unity, and Third World Activism in the Pacific Northwest, 1969–1999,examined how activists of color responded to labor discrimination, poverty, and urban development in the postindustrial economy of the 1970s while also challenging the rise of neoconservatism during the 1980s. This project uncovered the political activism that brought together African Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans in labor coalitions, mass protests, and Third World solidarity movements.