His book How Did You Get to Be Mexican? A White/Brown Man’s Search for Identity (1999) was nominated for the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Johnson also has published Race, Civil Rights, and American Law: A Multiracial Approach (2002), Mixed Race America and the Law: A Reader (2002), and The “Huddled Masses” Myth Immigration and Civil Rights (2004), as well as numerous articles on immigration, civil rights, and racial identity. One of his latest books is Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink Its Borders and Immigration Laws (2007).
A graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Johnson earned his undergraduate degree in economics from UC Berkeley. The recipient of many honors and awards, including the Clyde Ferguson Award of the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools (2004) and Latino Professor of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association (2006). In 2003, Johnson was elected to the American Law Institute. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of Legal Services of Northern California and on the board of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He is Co-editor of the ImmigrationProf blog found at http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/