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Angus Johnston

Angus Johnston

Historian of Student Activism

Angus Johnston is a historian of American student activism, and of student life and culture more broadly. An advocate of student organizing, he is the founder of the website He teaches history at the City University of New York, where he received his PhD in 2009 with the dissertation “The United States National Student Association: Democracy, Activism, and the Idea of the Student, 1947-1978.” Johnston is particularly interested in student activism beyond the 1960s, in the history of student government, and in the role of students in the university. He regularly participates in scholarly and popular discussions on these topics, and his writing has appeared in several journals and anthologies. He has delivered lectures and workshops on the history of American student activism to undergraduate audiences at colleges across the country. Johnston received his BA in history from Binghamton University.

More About Angus Johnston

When someone protests a campus speaker, they’re engaging in an act of speech.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Earlier this year, when college students started pushing for the use of trigger warnings in classes, their demand provoked a massive, vitriolic and overwhelmingly negative response. Unlike most faculty, though, I found the idea intriguing.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A professor explains why he’s pro-trigger warnings.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The first of two posts (the second is ) in response to deBoer on the topic of language policing.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Blog maintained by Angus Johnston.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969