Sara K. Johnson is Assistant Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She received her B.S. in Youth and Family Services from Michigan State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies (as well as a Certificate in Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology) from the University of Connecticut. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Professor, she was a postdoctoral fellow and Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts.
Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on how adolescents and young adults develop their sense of self (e.g., identity development) and their beliefs and knowledge about society (e.g., acknowledgment of systems of power and oppression) and how they combine those two things in order to decide what kinds of civic engagement they should participate in and why.