About Me (Bio):
Currently at Washington University in St. Louis, Odis Johnson Jr., is director of graduate studies of the Department of Education, an associate professor in the Departments of Sociology and Education, and a faculty scholar at the Institute of Public Health. Prior to his appointments at Washington University, Johnson chaired the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland. Johnson’s research examines how neighborhoods, schools, and public policies relate to social inequality, youth development, and the status of African American populations. His work on these topics has earned him the 2013 Outstanding Review of Research Award from the American Educational Research Association, the leading professional association of education research, and the 2015 Outstanding Author Contribution Award in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Johnson’s work has been funded by grants from the Spencer Foundation, National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and NSF, and has appeared in high-visibility journals, including the Review of Educational Research and the Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Research. He currently is the principal investigator of a four-year NSF study addressing how formal social control in neighborhoods and schools impacts the career trajectories of race–gender groups. Johnson makes frequent appearances in media outlets, and serves as an advisor to governmental agencies and school systems to improve the lives of young people, urban neighborhoods, and social programs.