Corey Johnson

Contact information

Office: B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH) 2209

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 32716


Pronouns: he/his/him


Research interests

My theorizing and qualitative inquiry focuses its attention on the power relations between dominant (white, male, heterosexual, etc.) and non-dominant populations in the cultural contexts of leisure. This examination provides important insight into both the privileging and discriminatory practices that occur in contemporary leisure settings. I also see my research as complimentary to both  classroom instruction and professional service, and I use advocacy, activism, civic-engagement, service-learning and community partnerships to create unique learning opportunities for individuals and institutions. This synergy is particularly relevant as it increases the quality, level, and number of services offered in a given community.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with related research interests:

  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Gender and sexual diversity
  • Critical theories (feminism, queer theory, critical race theories, Marxism, etc.)

Graduate studies application details

Teaching interests

  • Experiential education
  • Philosophy of science
  • Qualitative research
  • Social justice
  • Leisure theory
  • Therapeutic recreation

Karla Boluk and Corey Johnson together received the 2018 Innovation in Teaching Award from The Academy of Leisure Sciences for their work on the tourism integrated curriculum (REC 280, REC 380, REC 480).


REC 201: Leisure and Social Justice

REC 663: Foundations for Qualitative Inquiry 


    BS Ed (Bowling Green)

    MS (North Carolina - Chapel Hill)

    PhD (Georgia)

    Selected publications

    See Google Scholar for full list of publications.

    University of Waterloo