Odis D. Johnson Jr., PhD

Associate Professor of Education and Sociology, and Associate Chair, and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Education, Arts & Sciences

Dr. Johnson’s research examines how neighborhoods, schools, and public policies relate to social inequality, youth development and the status of African American populations.

His most recent work is funded by the National Institutes of Health and uses multilevel statistical methodologies to assess neighborhood risk propensity factors related to adolescents’ educational self-concept and persistence. Grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and American Educational Research Association have supported Dr. Johnson’s research, leading to a better understanding of how policies have sought to influence neighborhood differences in school functioning and achievement, and of the policy and residential dynamics related to the status of African American males in particular.