Tamara Johnson

Dr. Tamara Johnson
Adjunct Faculty
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Concentrated Area(s) of Research: Urban Geography, Citizenship and Belonging, Performance Geographics, South Africa, The U.S. South, and International Programs

Tamara has been an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Global Studies since 2012. She teaches courses on globalization, global cities, and food justice in South Africa (where she was a Peace Corps volunteer and a Fulbright scholar).

As an urban and cultural geographer, Tamara’s research interests include the rights to the city, dispossession and displacement, belonging, and globalization, with area concentrations in South Africa and the U.S. South.  Her research in South Africa examines the role of emotion and attachment in creating and contesting social spaces in Cape Town.  She has a research record that demonstrates her interest in understanding the complex connections between global processes and local events. 

As the Director of Engaged Scholarship at UNC Charlotte, Tamara designs programming that supports engaged scholarship and enriches the student experience through experiential and community-based learning, civic engagement, and international education. She implements UNC Charlotte’s Civic Action Plan, a strategic initiative that aligns teaching, research and partnerships around an urgent community need: economic mobility.  She coordinates the 49er Democracy Experience, a group of students who engage their peers in elections. Tamara co-founded and co-leads UNC Charlotte’s Bonner Leaders Program, a four-year campus-community collaboration that places students at local nonprofit partners.

Tamara earned both her bachelor’s degree and doctorate in geography from UNC Chapel Hill.