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Randal Johnson

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department: Spanish and Portuguese
5322 Rolfe Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1532
Campus mailcode: 951532
Keywords: Latin America, Film, Brazil

Randal Johnson is a distinguished film scholar and Brazil expert. Professor Johnson served previously as director of the Latin American Institute. An experienced administrator, he has also been chair of both the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Program on Brazil at UCLA, as well as Faculty Director of the UC-wide Education Abroad Program Study Center in Brazil. Before coming to UCLA in 1994, Professor Johnson served on the faculties of Rutgers University and the University of Florida, where he was Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

Johnson's scholarly expertise focuses primarily on the study of Brazilian film and literature. He is the author or editor of eight books and dozens of research articles. Among his publications are Brazilian Cinema (with Robert Stam), The Film Industry in Brazil: Culture and the State, Black Brazil: Culture, Identity and Social Mobilization (with Larry Crook) and The Field of Cultural Production, an edited collection of essays by Pierre Bourdieu. He has recently completed a book on Portuguese film director Manoel de Oliveira. Johnson's research has been supported by the Tinker Foundation, the Joint Council on Latin America of the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was decorated in 1999 with the Order of the Southern Cross by the Brazilian government. Johnson's PhD is from the University of Texas at Austin.