Sal Johnston


sal johnstonVice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty
Department of Sociology

562.907.4200, ext. 4225

Academic History

B.S., Grand Valley State University, Michigan
M.S., University of Oregon
Ph.D., University of Oregon


Professor Sal Johnston is a Professor of Sociology and the coordinator for the Environmental Studies program. Johnston’s academic and practical focus is on sustainability, ecological, social and economic. His current research projects all emphasize praxis: that is, linking scholarly analysis to concrete social change. 

Johnston joined the Whittier College faculty in 1996. His teaching traverses a range of issues and includes courses focused on sociological theory, social change, power and politics, and sustainable food systems.