Professional Biography

Johnny received his PhD in Education with a specialization in race and ethnic studies at UCLA Graduate School of Education and a Master of Arts in Chicanx Studies at California State University, Northridge. His research interests span the areas of Chicanx-Latinx school pushout, youth resistance, Positive Youth Development (PYD) and Critical Race Theory (CRT)/Latina/o Critical Race Theory (LatCrit) in Education. His passion for community-engaged research and critical pedagogical approaches derive from his personal experience as a low-income Chicano pushout, first-generation community college transfer student who had a transformative experience when introduced to Chicanx Studies and student activism