Dr. Karen D. Johnson-Webb
Ph.D., Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
M.A., Geography, Michigan State University, 1994
B.A. Geography, Michigan State University
Specialty Areas of Interest:
Applied Population Geography
Recent and Current Research or Grants:
Honorary Member, Gamma Theta Upsilon Geography Honor Society,
Nominated, Authors and Artists Award, Friends of the University Libraries, Bowling Green State University, Awarded November 13, 2003.
National Volunteer of the Year, Rural Opportunities, Inc. Board of Directors, Awarded October 6, 2003.
P.I. or co-P.I. on grants/contracts from Rural Opportunities, Inc.; Economic Development Agency, U.S. Dept. of Commerce.
Recent Peer Reviewed Publications and Submissions:
Johnson-Webb, K.D. and M.C. Zeller. 2007. The Culture of Economic Development in Ohio: A Case Study in Defiance County, Ohio Journal of Science, v. 107, n. 2, pp. 2-9.
Johnson-Webb, K.D. 2004/2005. The Role of Migration, Family Characteristics and English-Language Ability in Hispanic, African American and White Youth Academic Achievement, Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, Fall/Winter, V. xxiv, nos. 1 & 2, pp. 21-31.
Johnson-Webb, K.D. 2005. Working as a Research Consultant for a Community Non-Profit Agency: Lessons Learned. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, v. 28, pp. 397-404.
Johnson-Webb, K.D. 2004. Technical Assistance for Local Workforce Policy Development: A University Policy Center and Local Workforce Policy Board Partnership, Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, v. 27, pp. 458-467.
Johnson-Webb, K.D. 2003. Recruiting Hispanic Labor: Immigrants in Non-Traditional Areas. New York: LBF Scholarly Publishing. Refereed by Eds.
Johnson-Webb, K.D. 2005. County and City Data. In Encyclopedia of Social Measurement Vol. 1, ed. Kimberly Kempf-Leonard , San Diego, CA: Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier Press. Refereed.
with M. Zeller. The Culture of Economic Development in Defiance County, Ohio, The Association of American Geographers 103rd Annual Meeting, April 2007, San Francisco, CA. Refereed.
Immigrants and Immigration in Ohio: A Comparative View, “Topical Tuesdays” Way Public Library and League of Women Voters of the Perrysburg Area, February 27, 2007Perrysburg, OH.
Recent Trends in Latino Migration to the South Atlantic Region, Department of Geography & Planning, East Carolina University, November 17, 2006Greenville, NC.
Panelist. AAG Diversity Task Force: Collaboration and Outreach, Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, March 8, Chicago, IL.
Barriers to Health Care of Latinos in Ohio: Effects on Practice of Preventive Health Behaviors, Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference III, November 1-4, 2006. Texas State University at San Marcos, San Marcos, TX. Refereed.
Greenhouse Employment in Northwest Ohio: A Qualitative Study, East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers Meetings, October 20 & 21, 2006. University of Toledo, Toledo, OH.
With Zeller. M.C. The Culture of Economic Development in Ohio: A Case Study of Defiance County. East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers Meetings, October 20& 21, 2006. University of Toledo, Toledo, OH.
Poster on Latino Health Disparities in Ohio, Ohio Health Disparities Research Forum, April 21, Columbus, OH. Refereed.
The Role of Migration, Family Characteristics and English-Language Ability in Hispanic, African American and White Youth Academic Achievement, Meetings of the Association of American Geographers March 7-11, 2006, Chicago, IL.
In My Own Words:
Dr. Karen Johnson-Webb is a human geographer specializing in social and cultural geography, including the social and economic effects of immigration and in population geography with emphasis on Hispanic labor migration and labor force demographics, and more recently on racist landscapes in Ohio. Dr. Johnson-Webb is the author of a book entitled Recruiting Hispanic Labor: Immigrants in Non-Traditional Areas, published in 2003, and of several scholarly articles and book chapters. Dr. Johnson-Webb has utilized qualitative methods extensively in her research program. She also works closely with local agencies such as Rural Opportunities, Inc. to assist them in culturally competent evaluation of their programs with farm workers.
In her current research Dr. Johnson-Webb is exploring the nexus between race & ethnicity in the history of a formerly all-black town called Carthegena, Ohio. This will be a primary research focus for the next year or so.