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Hume Johnson

Hume Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication

B.A., M.S. University of West Indies
Ph.D. University of Wairato

Contact Information
GHH 329

A native of Jamaica, Dr. Johnson comes to us from the James Cook University in Australia where she has been teaching in the Public Relations and Broadcast curriculum. She earned her Ph.D.—”When Citizen Politics Become Uncivil: Between Popular Protest, Civil Society & Governance in Jamaica” from The University of Waikato, New Zealand. She has written book chapters and articles that deal with civil and civic engagement, cultural and political communication and is working on a manuscript of public relations campaigns—why they succeed, why they fail.

Dr. Johnson also has extensive professional experience as a consultant, television presenter, speech writer, media aide and publicist. Her research agenda is well matched to our university’s core values, especially in the areas of civil discourse, civic engagement, global perspectives, and student/faculty research initiatives.

Poised, articulate and engaging with colleagues and students alike, Dr. Johnson embodies many of those qualities that are the hallmark of a committed teacher and scholar.

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Mass Media
Introduction to Public Speaking
Media Relations
Mass Comm Research
Public Relations Techniques

Current Research

Media Studies and Political Communication
Global Crime and Conflict Studies
Civil Society, Political Participation and Social Movement Studies
Sport, Politics & Society
Democracy Studies
Development Studies


The National Communication Association (NCA)
International Political Science Association (IPSA)


‘Ode to Quasheba: Resistance Rituals of Higgler Women in Jamaica’. In Foran, Bhavnani, Kurian, Munshi (Eds) (2009) On the Edges of Development: Cultural Interventions New York: Routledge.

‘Performing Protest in Jamaica: The Mass Media as Stage’ (2008). International Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. Vol. 4 (2) pp 163-182.

Jamaican Dons, Italian Mafias, and the chances of a “reversible destiny”. Co-author, Joseph Soeters, Political Studies, Issue 56 (1), March 2008, pp 166-191.

‘The Jamaican Higgler: Feminised Resistance in the Marketplace (2006). In Women Talking Politics, Women and Development. Newsletter of the Aotearoa/New Zealand Women and Politics Network. New Series Issue No. 5. ISSN: 1175-1542 pp 9-12.

‘Incivility: The Politics of “People on the Margins” in Jamaica’ (2005). In Political Studies, Vol. 53, (3), 579-597.

‘Uncivil Encroachment – A Response to Marginality in Jamaica’ (2005). In Te Kura Kete Aronui (TKKA.) Vol.1 (1), 1-19 (Waikato University’s Graduate and Postgraduate EJournal).