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Royel Johnson

Royel Johnson

Assistant Professor of Education (Higher Education)



As a scholar, Johnson engages in interdisciplinary research related to educational access, equity, and student success; and the intersections between race, education, and social policy. In his work, he employs qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodological approaches and has an explicit  focus on racially minoritized, underserved, and system-impacted student populations across diverse educational contexts. Some of his current scholarship, for instance, examines the socio-ecological factors that influence college success for youth impacted by foster care; policy- and practice-barriers to college enrollment for students with criminal records; and the role of institutional leaders in cultivating racially equitable campus environments.