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Odis Johnson Ph.D.

Odis Johnson, Ph.D.

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Social Policy and STEM Equity

Johns Hopkins University

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  1. Ph.D, Education and Social Policy, University of Michigan, 2003
  2. M.A., Educational Leadership, University of Georgia, 1997
  3. B.A, University of Tulsa, 1995


Odis Johnson Jr., PhD, is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Social Policy and STEM Equity at Johns Hopkins University, where he has faculty appointments in the School of Education as Executive Director of the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in the Department of Sociology. He also directs the NSF Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methodologies (ICQCM). Dr. Johnson completed his doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, and a Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago. His work on the interrelated topics of neighborhoods, social policy, and race has earned him a National Academies/Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (the first awarded to an education scholar in the history of the interdisciplinary competition), the 2013 Outstanding Review of Research Award from the American Educational Research Association, and the 2015 Outstanding Author Contribution Award in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Dr. Johnson’s research has appeared in highly-selective scientific journals, including the Review of Educational Research, Social Science and Medicine, and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Research. Research grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, William T. Grant Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation have funded much of this work, and have positioned Dr. Johnson as a leader within national efforts to close the data science divide in our nation’s research apparatus. He currently is the principal investigator of the Fatal Interactions with Police Study (FIPS) which has generated a national data file of police homicides, and three NSF-funded studies that examine how strategies to maintain law and order in neighborhoods and schools impact the representation of race-gender groups within the and STEM pipelines. Dr. Johnson’s work and ideas about social change have been featured in prominent media outlets, including Oprah Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, The Washington Post, MSNBC, NPR, Teen Vogue, The Associated Press, Vox, The New Yorker, The New York Times, NBC News, The Chicago Tribune, SiriusXM, and a variety of international and local news outlets.


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