Johana Londoño

Johana Londoño

Associate Professor
Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies


Social Science 250

PhD - American Studies, New York University
MPhil - American Studies, New York University
BFA - Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Johana Londoño

Research Interests: Latino/a Urban Culture in the US; Political Economy of Cities; Comparative Ethnic Studies; Social and Cultural Theory; Representations of Poverty; Social Welfare; the Cultural Politics of Architecture and Urban Design; Aesthetics and Visual Culture.


Latina/o USA
Latinization of US Cities
Race, Ethnicity, and the US City



Abstract Barrios: The Crises of Latinx Visibility in Cities (Duke University Press; forthcoming September 2020) 

Articles (Refereed) 

Londoño, Johana. August 2015. “Critical Latina/o Urban Studies in Metropolitan Perspective: The Case of Latina/o-majority Union City, NJ,” in., “Race and Space,” ed. Wendy Cheng and Rashad Shabazz, Special Issue, Occasion. Arcade: A Digital Salon (Open Access Journal at Stanford University). 8:1-13 

Londoño, Johana. March 2015. “The Latino-ness of Type: Design Identities and their uses in Contemporary Culture” in “Typographic Landscaping: Creativity, Ideology and Movement,” ed. Johan Järlehed and Adam Jaworski, Special Issue, Social Semiotics 25(2):142-150. 

Londoño, Johana. September 2014. “Barrio Affinities: Transnational Inspiration and the Geopolitics of Latina/o Design,” ed. Macarena Gómez-Barris and Licia Fiol-Matta, Special Issue, American Quarterly 66(3):529-548. 

Londoño, Johana. 2010. “Latino Design in an Age of Neoliberal Multiculturalism: Contemporary Changes in Latin/o American Urban Cultural Representation,” in “Race and the Cultural Spaces of Neoliberalism,” ed. Johana Londoño and Arlene Dávila, Special Issue, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power Journal 17, no. 5 (Sept.-Oct.): 487-509. 

Book Chapters 

Londoño, Johana and Erualdo Gonzalez. August 2015. “The Changing Politics of Latino Consumption: Debates in Santa Ana’s Revitalization,” in Race and Retail: Consumption Across the Color Line, ed. Mia Bay and Ann Fabian. New Brunswick: Rutgers Press, 176-199. 

Londoño, Johana. 2012. “Aesthetic Belonging: The Latinization and Renewal of Union City, NJ,” in Latino Urbanism: The Politics of Planning, Policy and Redevelopment, ed. David Diaz and Rodolfo Torres. New York: NYU Press, 47-64. 

Edited Journal Issues
Lina Rincon, Johana Londoño, Jennifer Harford-Vargas, and Maria Elena Cepeda, ed.  “Reimagining US Colombianidades: Transnational subjectivities, cultural expressions, and political contestations.” Special Issue, Latino Studies Journal. Forthcoming 2020.  

Londoño, Johana and Arlene Dávila, ed. 2010. “Race and the Cultural Spaces of Neoliberalism.” Special Issue, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power Journal 17, no. 5 (Sept.-Oct.): 455-457. 

General Publications

Londoño, Johana. Sept. 2014. “Barrio Affinities: Transnational Inspiration and the Geopolitics of Latina/o Design,” Supplementary content included in Beyond the Page, American Quarterly.

Londoño, Johana. 2013. “Don’t let N.J.’s Gold Coast lose its heritage: Opinion.” Op-ed article. The Star-Ledger, August 15.

Book Reviews

Londoño, Johana. Review of Border Spaces: Visualizing the U.S.-Mexico Frontera by Katherine G. Morrissey and John-Michael H. Warner, ed.. Journal of American History. (forthcoming December 2020)

Londoño, Johana. (forthcoming 2015). Review of Urban Nightlife by Reuben May. International Review of Modern Sociology.

Londoño, Johana. 2006. Review of 25/4 Julio: Conmemorar, Festejar, Consumir en Puerto Rico by Maria Margarita Flores. El Centro Journal(Fall): 249-52.


  • Best Dissertation Prize from the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), 2013
  • Honorable Mention for Best Dissertation from the Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA), 2012

Selected Fellowships

  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the field of American Studies, Host institution: Columbia University, 2017-18 
  • Inaugural Fellow of the Princeton-Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Architecture, Urbanism, and Humanities at Princeton University, 2014-15
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in the field of American Studies, 2010-11
  • Visiting Dissertation Scholar-in-Residence, Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity, Host campus: Northeastern University, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, 2010-11
  • Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program Fellow Summer, 2010
  • MacCracken multi-year fellowship award for a PhD in American Studies, 2004–09
  • NYU The Graduate School of Arts and Science Dean’s Supplement Fellowship, 2004–07
  • The Clark Foundation Fellowship (for leadership in NYC non-profit org.), 2004–07 (declined)

Selected Grants

  • The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Production Grant, March 2017 
  • “Striving for Diverse Cities: Documentary Film and Discussion Series,” Diversity Transformation Fund Award (with Project Leader, Prof. Carlos Balsas, Dept. of Geography and Planning), University at Albany, 2016-17.

Selected Scholarships

  • The Art Directors Club Scholarship Award for one of the best young designers in the Big Apple
  • Four-Year Full-Tuition Scholarship to the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art