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Odis Johnson Jr.

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor & Exec Dir, Hopkins Center For Safe & Healthy Schools
Johns Hopkins University

Odis Johnson Jr., PhD, is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Social Policy and STEM Equity at Johns Hopkins University, with faculty appointments in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Education as Executive Director of the Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, and in the Department of Sociology. He also directs the NSF Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methodologies (ICQCM), and this past July began his 3-year term as co-editor of the Sociology of Education, a journal of the American Sociological Association.

Dr. Johnson’s work on the interrelated topics of neighborhoods, social policy, and race have been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Joyce Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. He has recently led the Fatal Interactions with Police Study, and the Race, Gender, and Social Control in STEM Lab with support from the National Science Foundation. A transdisciplinary scholar, his work appears in the leading journals of 11 scientific disciplines and fields. In 2021, he joined the standing expert advisory panels of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development HCV Mobility Demonstration, the U.S. Dept. of Education NCES High School and Beyond: 2022, and provided expert testimony to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine about the future of methods and measurement. A noted voice and advocate for justice and equity, Dr. Johnson’s work and ideas about social change were mentioned in more than 400 broadcast and news media outlets in 2022.

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