Rucker C. Johnson
Member Since: 2020
Rucker C. Johnson is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As a labor economist who specializes in the economics of education, Johnson’s work considers the role of poverty and inequality in affecting life chances.
Johnson’s research agenda is focused broadly on the nature, causes, and consequences of disparities in children’s human capital that lead to inequality in education, health status and socioeconomic attainments. His work has examined the interrelationships of inequities in multiple arenas—education, health, labor markets, and neighborhood conditions—at various stages of the life cycle. He has focused on such topics as the long-run impacts of school quality on educational attainment and socioeconomic success, including the effects of desegregation, school finance reform, and Head Start. He has investigated the determinants of intergenerational mobility; the societal consequences of incarceration; effects of maternal employment patterns on child well-being; and the socioeconomic determinants of health disparities over the life course, including the roles of childhood neighborhood conditions and residential segregation.
Johnson was a recipient of the prestigious 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. His research has appeared in leading academic journals, featured in mainstream media outlets, and he has been invited to give policy briefings at the White House and on Capitol Hill. He is the author of the book Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works.
Johnson is committed to advance his scholarly agenda of fusing insights from multiple disciplinary perspectives to improve our understanding of the causes, consequences, and remedies of inequality in this country. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan, which garnered three national dissertation awards. Johnson is a graduate of Morehouse College, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar (2002-2004). At UC-Berkeley (2004-present), he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in applied econometrics and topical courses in race, poverty & inequality.