Odis Johnson Jr., PhD, is Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Education and Associate Professor of Education and Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to his appointments at Washington University, Dr. Johnson chaired the African American Studies Department in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, and was a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center. 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 work on these topics has earned him a National Academies Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the first won by someone in the field of education in the history of the interdisciplinary competition, and the 2013 Outstanding Review of Research Award from the American Educational Research Association, the leading professional association of education research. 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. 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. Dr. Johnson serves on the editorial boards of the Review of Educational Research and the Urban Review, 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 services.
- Johnson, Jr., O. 2015. A Framework for Inquiry into Neighborhood-Institutional Relationships Related to Public Housing and Adolescent Development. In V. Nebbitt (Ed), "Adolescents in Public Housing. Addressing Psychological and Behavioral Health." NY: Columbia University Press.
- Johnson, Jr., O. 2015. "Expressive Cool" and the Paradox of Black and White Males’ Neighborhood Socialization Toward Education." Youth & Society, May, p 1-29.
- Johnson, Jr., O. 2014. "Race–Gender Inequality Across Residential and School Contexts: What Can Policy Do?" In "African American Males in PreK-12 schools: Informing Research, Practice, and Policy" edited by James L. Moore and Chance W. Lewis. Emerald Publishing.
- Johnson, Jr., O. 2014. “Still Separate, Still Unequal. The Relation of Segregation in Neighborhoods and Schools to Test-Score Inequality.” Journal of Negro Education, 83(3): 199-215.
- Johnson, Jr., O. 2013. “Is Concentrated Advantage the Cause? The Relative Contributions of Neighborhood Advantage and Disadvantage to Educational Inequality.” The Urban Review, 45(5): 561-585.
- Johnson, Jr., O. 2012. “Toward a Theory of Place: Social Mobility, Proximity and Proximal Capital.” Pp. 29-46 in Research on Schools, Neighborhoods and Communities: Toward Civic Responsibility, Presidential Volume edited by William Tate. MD: Rowman & Littlefield and the American Educational Research Association.
- Johnson, Jr., O. 2012. “Relocation Programs, Opportunities to Learn and the Complications of Conversion.” Review of Educational Research, 82 (2): 131-178. (Winner of the American Educational Research Association 2013 Outstanding Review of Research Award)
- Johnson, Jr., O. 2012. “A Systematic Review of Neighborhood and Institutional Relationships Related to Education.” Education and Urban Society, 44 (4): 477-511.
- Johnson, Jr., O. 2010. “Assessing Neighborhood Racial Segregation and Macroeconomic Effects in the Education of African Americans.” Review of Educational Research, 80(4): 527-75.
- Johnson, Jr., O. 2008. “Ecology in Educational Theory: Thoughts on Ecology, Stratification and Proximal Capital.” The Urban Review, 40 (3): 227-246.
- Johnson, Jr., O. 2008. “Who Benefits from Concentrated Affluence?: A Synthesis of Neighborhood Effects Considering Race, Gender and Education Outcomes.” Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, 14 (2): 85-112.